Apple’s new iPhone 8 sports a slightly new design in which the back portion of the phone is now covered in glass similar to that of the iPhone 4 and 4S. From a design point of view it looks amazing, but in terms of practicality, it looks like it could end up being prone to scratches and smudges.
For those wondering about the durability of the glass on the back of the iPhone 8, YouTuber JerryRigEverything decided to put the phone through its paces by performing scratch and bend tests on it, to see how well it could hold up under abuse. According to his findings, the iPhone 8 seems to hold up pretty well and only starts to scratch at a Moh level 6 hardness, which puts it in line with other flagship phones.
This means that for the most part putting it together in your phone with your keys and coins should not damage the phone. However what was interesting was the camera lens cover, which in the past used to be covered by sapphire, but the tests found that it could be scratched with at a Moh level 6 hardness.
This has led to speculation that it could be some kind of hybrid material or a proprietary material used by Apple instead of pure sapphire. However like we said the phone seems to hold up pretty well, but we guess getting a case to further protect it might not be the worst idea considering it might be expensive to replace.