Apple Watch sapphire crystal screen scratch-tested with power drill

“With Apple Watch pre-orders opening today, it was only fitting that a video would appear showing how resilient the sapphire crystal display is on the Apple Watch,” Timi Cantisano reports for Neowin.

“The folks at iPhonefixed have managed to procure the sapphire crystal watch face of the upcoming Apple Watch early,” Cantisano reports. “Naturally, once you have a sapphire crystal screen in hand, you have to put it through a battery of tests to make sure that it can actually withstand daily scratches and bumps.”

“Unsurprisingly, the lens manages to accept every form of abuse thrown at it without a single scratch,” Cantisano reports. “The iPhonefixed team even manages to try and present a worst-case scenario by drilling into the display with a power drill.”

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  1. Unfortunately, even very good 316L steel alloy is far from being as hard as sapphire. Close-up photos in some of reviews show micro-scratches here and there. But it is unavoidable, there is nothing Apple can do about it.

    By the way, I wonder how well black steel Watch will do: the issue is, of course, that actual colour of alloy is “metal”, not black. So if you will get dents and scratches of those most pricey steel watches and link strap, it will look worse than on just regular steel version.

      1. That is definitely true.

        Another aspect of that is that if you are gadget fan and you know that you will upgrade your watch in couple of years anyway, you may choose $349-399 version because aluminium casing will definitely wear out in couple of years.

        So it does not make much sense to buy steel version for the sake it’s definitely better durability in terms of looks if you are going to replace it in couple of years anyway.

        However, of course, it still makes sense to buy steel even in that case if you care about just default look: whether it is metal shine (which can not be done in aluminium) or deep black (also hard since aluminium is much softer and scratchable).

        In terms of looks black steel with black link strap is the best looking combination of all (including gold).

      1. “To keep the Sport collection models as light as possible, we used an aluminosilicate glass that’s especially resistant to scratches and impact. It’s fortified at the molecular level through ion exchange, with smaller ions being replaced by larger ones to create a surface layer far tougher than ordinary glass.” – Apple Inc.

    1. (Can’t type today. Not gonna fix SJBMusic again. Three tries was enough. 😛 )

      Sign me up! I want that kind of scratch resistant prescription lenses! I’m not that bad on my stuff, but my family more than makes up for my caution.

  2. While these inane and fatuous stories about Apple’s wrist gadget continue to occupy the world of “Apple News,” I’m being told by a client this morning to either correct the problems with OS X Server or “Get it the &*^&^% out of his company and find something that works.”

    Yosemite Server is a failure. Meanwhile Tim Cook is checking sports scores on his Apple wrist gadget.

    It makes me think of Nero and Rome of course. Tim checked scores while OS X Server burned.

    Apple should be very careful here. This perception of Apple being for consumers while prosumers and pros are migrating to other platforms is starting to congeal.

    1. It sounds like Apple’s $20 server isn’t up to your client’s standards and you want Apple to drop everything to beef it up so that you can make a living off a $20 server. What does Apple use in their data farms? I think they don’t use the same things that you sold your client on. I wonder why?

      1. Why are you comparing an SMB situation to a data farm for the world’s largest market cap company?

        Either Apple is in the business of supporting Mac clients with SMB server solutions or it’s not. If it’s not, then it needs to work on the client side to work better with 3rd party solutions. If it is, then it needs to make sure the server solutions actually work. And cost isn’t the issue here.

    2. Difficult to hear, but true. Apple and IBM have partnered to develop enterprise apps… for iOS. OS X server is joke for anything but small businesses. I was at an Apple Conference for education (hosted by Apple employees) a few weeks ago and we were told that OS X server was intended for small business and that we needed to use an MDM if we wanted to manage more than 1000 devices. Apple simply no longer makes a true scalable server product for enterprise and education. It doesn’t look as though the IBM deal is going to include Macs anytime soon. It is very sad. The Mac is a second class citizen.

    3. Apple Server is great for basic server functionality i.e file sharing, ftp, basic web server, caching, or netboot. If you really need a more powerful solution, you really need to learn Linux.

      1. I have been there and done that. Mandatory update that destroyed all the WIKI and web sites on the server. Inability to interoperate with older versions. I Bought a Snow Leopard mini server. I worked until the next release, at which time Apple crippled it to the point of uselessness.

        One further problem is that Apple hardware does not easily support changing to LINUX. (If it is even possible. I never found a distro that would install). Apple DOES NOT WANT your server business. Get over it. Buy a generic processor and install LINUX server.

    4. T Mac you have been one of the sanest and most trusting responders on MDN for quite some time. I’ve wondered why you’ve been off normal for the past couple of weeks, the server issue might be the problem. Good luck to you in figuring out fix, you’ll do it.

    5. This problem does make it difficult to be an “Apple evangelist” and try to convince a business to invest in the Apple product when the end result quite possibly will be malfunction. But it seems to me that Apple’s server support has been sorely lacking for quite a while.

      If the Apple and IBM enterprise collaboration works and more companies utilize the resulting software, maybe Apple will begin to focus on enterprise computing and get something reliable to the market. It just seems like Apple has ignored a good opportunity for too long. Especially in light of increased Mac use in corporate environments.

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