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Report: An Expert Says the iPhone 6′s Screen Looks Like Sapphire

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Apple discussed forming screens from super-hard “sapphire glass” 18 months ago with experts in the field, making a sapphire-fronted iPhone 6 highly likely, the Guardian has established. A video that apparently shows a 4.7in sapphire screen being bent under a foot and resisting attack from a knife and keys “could well be” legitimate, according to Professor Neil Alford of the department of materials at Imperial College, London. “I think Apple have been quite cunning,” Alford told the Guardian. “What I think they’ve done is make a screen out of sapphire, which is incredibly scratch resistant, incredibly hard and has a high elastic modulus – meaning it’s very stiff.” Apple already uses sapphire crystal for its camera lenses and the cover of the iPhone 5S’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, but the super-hard material – the third hardest known – could make excellent screens.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.