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iPhone 6 Front Panel Survives Limited Bending Test

Frequent iOS device part leaker Sonny Dickson has shared a new video of what appears to be the previously seen iPhone 6 front panel being subjected to a limited bending stress test. The panel survives the testing, but is not subjected to extreme bending in the brief video.


The title of Dickson's video mentions sapphire, but there does not appear to be any confirmation that the part is indeed made of the material. The iPhone 6 has been rumored to be adopting a sapphire crystal display cover for increased durability and scratch resistance, but none of the front panel part leaked seen so far have been confirmed to be made of sapphire.

Apple currently uses Corning's Gorilla Glass as the iPhone display cover, and Corning has argued that Gorilla Glass offers a number of benefits over sapphire, including better resistance to breakage. Some rumors have suggested that sapphire may only used on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, so the smaller 4.7-inch model may still include a Gorilla Glass display.

Update 8:18 AM: Dickson has now posted the remainder of the video showing hands-on measurements of the part and comparison to the iPhone 5s.



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15 weeks ago
That's not the front panel, that IS the iPhone 6. :p

"Now almost 100% thinner!"
Rating: 16 Votes
15 weeks ago
I can't see a reason to bend my iPhone.
Rating: 10 Votes
15 weeks ago

I don't see the point in this. I'm pretty sure the aluminum on the back will spring right back to its oringal state. Of course apple could make it out of something else but I don't think they will. I just don't think the iPhone 6 will bend at all.

The iPhone 6 will not be designed to bend at all.

This is a stress test. The more 'give' in a material, the less likely it will be to shatter under impact when dropped.

That's the only point of this video.
Rating: 7 Votes
15 weeks ago

Does anyone else have a feeling that the mockups are not going to look like anything Apple is going to release?

I was looking through the archives about what the iPhone 5 would look like and MacRumors was off lol... any one else feel the same way or are we dead on about what the iPhone 6 is going to look like?


Around this time in 2012 they were spot on:

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/07/iphone-5-back-cover-hands-on-video/
http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/08/high-resolution-iphone-5-renderings-based-on-leaked-parts/
http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/10/new-photos-of-next-generation-iphone-engineering-sample-massing/

Just reading the comments on those articles, lol. History repeats itself :D
Rating: 6 Votes
15 weeks ago
Does anyone else have a feeling that the mockups are not going to look like anything Apple is going to release?

I was looking through the archives about what the iPhone 5 would look like and MacRumors was off lol... any one else feel the same way or are we dead on about what the iPhone 6 is going to look like?
Rating: 5 Votes
15 weeks ago

That's not the front panel, that IS the iPhone 6. :p

"Now almost 100% thinner!"


And with new transparency effects, making OS interface almost disappear.
Rating: 5 Votes
15 weeks ago
I just want better battery life ... currently down to 40% from intermittent use as I'm at work, connected to wifi, and it was fully charged at 7:30AM (it's 4PM at the moment).

Not sure how this compares to other smartphones but 12 hours of heavy usage is about my limit. I really love the iPhone but it's crazy to think that a MacBook Air almost has as much battery life. Hope Apple address this in the 6 and really push some innovation with power saving.
Rating: 4 Votes
15 weeks ago
I can see it now....

iPhone 6 - "The fun never bends"
Rating: 4 Votes
15 weeks ago


I'd be very happy if the back of the iPhone 6 is like the 5th gen touch in form. I like the very square edges of my 5S, but it's difficult to hold comfortably without a case. The touch is still very square in form, but has softer, more rounded edges and is really comfortable to hold, even though it's thinner than the 5S.

I like that. It's a nice trade off instead of the iPhone 6 mock ups which are overly rounded and less elegant than the touch or 5S, at least in my opinion.




I hate how the iPhone 6 mock ups bulge at the sides. It doesn't look as nice as the clean lines on the touch.

But then again, they are mock ups after all.
Rating: 4 Votes
15 weeks ago
Trim your nails before you do a video like this. Being a geek doesn't mean you also have to be a slob.

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iNailfile required.


LOL, you beat me to that comment by two minutes. I bugged me so much I couldn't watch the video.
Rating: 2 Votes

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