The Apple Watch is the first device from Apple that will use a sapphire display. Prior to this, many had expected sapphire displays to be used by the 2014 iPhones but that was obviously not the case. So in terms of durability, how does sapphire hold up? Is it as tough as we were made to believe?
Well the folks at iPhonefixed decided to put it to the test (video reloaded courtesy of Benjamin Mayo of 9to5Mac) by putting a power drill to its display and as shocking as it sounds, it seems that the device managed to hold its own. We should note that iPhonefixed did not actually use the Apple Watch in the video but relied on an Apple Watch display component, although this shouldn’t really change the results.
We also want to point out that depending on which model you choose, you might not necessarily get the same screen. For example the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition will come with a sapphire display. However if you opt for the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, it will come with an strengthened Ion-X display which is the same used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Unfortunately they were unable to test the Apple Watch Sport’s Ion-X display but if you have used an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, then you probably have an idea of how durable the Ion-X display is. The Apple Watch will be going up for pre-order starting tomorrow and will be released on the 24th of April.