iPhones have been put to the test since the iPhone 6 infamously succumbed to a bend test back in 2014. Today is the turn of the iPhone 8.
YouTuber JerryRigEverything took a brand new iPhone 8 — which was released on Friday — and tried to torture it in three different stages.
He first tested the new metal and glass construction. On a hardness scale from one to nine, glass “usually scratches at around five or six,” the YouTuber said.
Apple claims to have strengthened the glass construction of the iPhone 8, but the test shows that, like last year’s iPhone 7, the front panel scratches at a level six; however, durability might be improved in the face of a frontal drop.
Another slightly weak point is the camera’s external lens, which Apple claims to be made out of sapphire. JerryRigEverything was able to scratch it with level-6 picks, whereas regular sapphire would endure until level-8 tools are used.
According to the YouTuber, this most likely happens because the lens is actually made of a proprietary, aluminium oxide blend of sapphire, which contains the same chemical elements of pure sapphire but it’s way cheaper to manufacture.
The second test saw JerryRigEverything trying to burn the iPhone 8’s screen. LCD panels burn out when put under extremely high temperatures, creating black spots on the panel.
When the heat is removed and the pixels cool down, however, the panel recovers completely, only eliminating the invisible oleophobic coating that Apple sprays on top of the phone’s display.
The last test was, of course, the bend test. This is where the iPhone actually delivered its best result, showing no sign of bending whatsoever.
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