Almost every iPhone user has faced the reality of dropping their phone and finding that it was scratched or cracked. Even though Gorilla Glass is meant to be one of the strongest materials in the world, million of people have found their screens broken. Apple is set to get rid of that problem forever, though, as they make the switch to sapphire glass for the iPhone 6 screen, reports Apple Balla.
Pure sapphire has been rated at a 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which makes it one of the strongest glass materials known to man. The screens for these phones won’t be pure sapphire, but it will be the strongest material that is currently used in a mobile device.
In recent tests on screens like that which will be used in the iPhone 6, virtually every harmful object you can come across has been used to attempt to scratch or break the glass. Even in tests involving knives, rocks, or simply dropping the phone, it has held up and not cracked or scratched. One Youtube user even attempted to scratch the screen with sandpaper and was unable to harm it.
Apple has reportedly been producing millions of sapphire glass screens this year, making the release of the updated iPhone a sure bet, although we don’t yet know what their finished product will look like. The one thing that is for sure is that the competition is going to have to work hard to keep up with this kind of durability.