Apple Watch Glass is Here!
The much awaited details of the Apple Watch were finally announced on Monday, March 9th, 2015. It is Apple’s first new device type in five years, so the anticipation had understandably reached fever pitch. Apple announced three different tiers of the device: the Watch Sport, Watch, and Watch Edition offered in both 38mm and 42mm sizes. Prices start at $349 for the Watch Sport and range all the way to $17,000 for certain editions of the Watch Edition. Not only do the watch casings vary in size, but also in build materials. The lower end models are constructed of aluminum, and the higher end models are made of 18K yellow and rose gold.
Whenever Apple attempts to redefine or invent a new device category, the majority of the world is excited to get their hands on the Apple Watch to use it. A select few of us in the tech industry however are excited to get our hands on the Apple Watch so we can fix it….and maybe even break it just to fix it again!
In the spirit of our love of repair, we are excited to show some pictures we received from our sources in China of the display coverings of Apple’s new watches. We are told that these pictures represent the sapphire variant of the screen, found on the Apple Watch, as they were described to us as being “unscratchable.”
As you can imagine, what really interests us are the build materials used to cover the displays. On the Watch Sport the display is protected by strengthened Ion-X glass. This material is strikingly similar to the glass used on the iPhone 6- after early rumors of sapphire cover material never came to fruition. We believe this ion exchanged glass to be Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Corning uses an proprietary ion exchange process to strengthen Gorilla glass which we have explained in this YouTube video http://youtu.be/uugUZPlebqE).
The use of Gorilla Glass is further supported by the lack of reports indicating an ended relationship between Apple and Corning- which would be major enough to disclose to the general public. Corning also made no disclosures about losing a major purchaser, which we believe they would be required to do since they are a publicly traded company. Most publicly traded companies are required to disclose this type of information to consumers and media alike, like Qualcomm did when Samsung chose to end relationships with processor manufactures, and began using in-house processors for their own Samsung Exynos (http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/28/7932447/qualcomm-says-snapdragon-810-dropped-from-large-customers-new-phone).
So how tough is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3? To reference the current Corning site description:
“How tough? Gorilla® Glass 3 campaign with NDR (Native Damage Resistance)- this iteration of Gorilla Glass enables improved damage resistance and toughness compared to former glass compositions and is up to three times more damage resistant than Gorilla Glass 2. This type of Native Damage Resistance is a unique feature of Gorilla® Glass 3. This feature is something Corning is able to provide due to a proprietary glass composition that is better able to resist the deep scratches that causes glass to break”
Apple Watch Edition will be cut significantly thinner than that of a Rolex, and may be susceptible to bending stress during impact, and subsequent damage to the display. uBreakiFix Learn was on the case last year and compared the durability of Gorilla Glass to sapphire cover material- to learn more check out our YouTube video here: http://youtu.be/kVQbu_BsZ9o
While the jury is still out on whether Apple’s newest device will flop or be a game changer for tech users worldwide, there is one thing we can all be sure of; these devices will break and we are excited to fix them!