Video shows iPhone 6 front panel flexing rumored sapphire muscle

Monday, July 7th 2014. | Internet News

Everyone knows Apple is investing heavily into a new sapphire manufacturing plant, and a new video leaking across the internet could reveal the first product out of Cupertino to take advantage of it.

AppleInsider today reported that a new YouTube video rumored to come from a supplier in Hong Kong could offer the first glimpse at a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 front panel with a sapphire display.

The four minute and 15 second video shows what appears to be a white front panel from Apple’s upcoming smartphone, which is not only shown side-by-side with the latest iPhone 5S, but also sized up for good measure.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the video is when the subject picks up the front panel and reveals how it flexes just a little when bent slightly between two hands, suggesting the part is not composed of the more rigid Gorilla Glass used in previous iPhone models.

iPhone 6 front panel flexedFlexing for the camera (credit: YouTube)

Flexible dreams

Apple recently invested more than $ 500 million (about UK£292M, AU$ 534M) into a facility located in Arizona to produce sapphire, but executives have remained mum on exactly what those components might be used for.

Earlier rumors have suggested Cupertino may move away from Corning and the now widely-used Gorilla Glass, and tech blogger Sonny Dickson today claimed the video, which he also posted independently, showed a pre-production sample of Apple’s new sapphire-based front panel.

For now, that bold claim is nothing more than conjecture, although the front panel matches up with previous iPhone 6 rumors, including the 4.7-inch display size and the rounded edges shown in recent leaks.

One thing missing from the video is any sign of a 5.5-inch, phablet sized iPhone 6 front panel, although given the speed of product leaks for this year’s handsets, we’d expect that to follow soon enough.

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