iPhone 6 Indestructible Glass? YouTube Video Floats Rumors of New Screen

Monday, 14 Jul 2014 07:07 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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The upcoming iPhone 6 could feature a nearly indestructible glass screen if the latest rumors are to be believed.

A YouTube video posted last week, in which a man claims he has obtained the front panel of the new device, has caught the attention of technology enthusiasts everywhere. As he subjects the screen to a knife's edge, key scratching, and intense bending, the video shows the glass material entirely unfazed and unblemished.

CBS News reported that whether or not the glass in the video is truly from a prototype of the iPhone 6, it could very well be made of sapphire, representing a new generation of ultra-tough glass.

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Last year Apple announced it would partner with Massachusetts-based GT Advanced Technologies to open a sapphire glass factory in Arizona, paying nearly $600 million to kick-start the project. Chinese suppliers began receiving some of the glass in April, according to tech blog 9 to 5 Mac, so the glass in the video could very well be what its owner claims it to be.

Apple began its first foray into sapphire glass with last year's release of the iPhone 5S, which featured a Touch ID sensor made of sapphire and a protective piece of sapphire over the phone's camera lens.

The glass in the video is purported to be 4.7 inches, the exact dimension of the new, bigger iPhone 6 that's been rumored for months.

Because of the surprising flexibility of the glass seen in the video, many have said it's almost guaranteed that Apple will release a wearable iWatch — one that features the indestructible wonder-material.

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