IPhone 7 Doesn’t Actually Have A Sapphire Lens, Scratch Test Reveals

By 06:22 Thu, 05 Aug 2021 Comments


YouTuber JerryRigEverything regularly performs scratch tests to many smartphones to try the longevity of materials used on various components like the Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash lens, capturing camera lens, buttons, keys, and earpiece. He also performs burn tests to the display to somewhat simulate degradation of the pixels over time. And finally, a bdiscontinue test is performed to test the phone’s internal structure.

Apple’s inwell-known bendgate was a topic of controversy back when users began reporting that their iPhone 6 Plus became bent all of a sudden, just by either sitting on it or applying just intentional pressure. This has since sparked the birth of the “bdiscontinue test” and smartphone makers began taking this issue into account when designing a smartphone’s internal structure.

Upon testing the capturing camera lens and home key with Mohs hardness picks, it is concluded that neither the home button nor the capturing camera lens (both of which were made of sapphire glass in the iPhone 6S) are made of sapphire glass. Both the home key and capturing camera lenses began scratching with around a Mohs hardness of 6, just like the display glass.


Apple’s spec page lists the iPhone 7 to have a sapphire crystal lens, but we now know that this is not the case. Perhaps Apple plans to utilize real sapphire on the lens once the demand for iPhones slows down. The process probably takes longer than crafting the component from display glass.

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