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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Top Rated Comments

whooleytoo Avatar
130 months ago
That's not the front panel, that IS the iPhone 6. :p

"Now almost 100% thinner!"
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Southern Dad Avatar
130 months ago
I can't see a reason to bend my iPhone.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GoneDrinkin Avatar
130 months 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.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jsameds Avatar
130 months 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:

https://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/07/iphone-5-back-cover-hands-on-video/
https://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/08/high-resolution-iphone-5-renderings-based-on-leaked-parts/
https://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
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
heimo Avatar
130 months 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.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PJTheDJ Avatar
130 months ago
A Feeling

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?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)