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Leaked iPhone 6 is subjected to an extreme stress test

Tests don't get any tougher than this.


Rob Price


Posted on Jul 11, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 11:41 pm CDT

Earlier this week, YouTuber Marques Brownlee got a hold of what appeared to be the screen and frontplate of the forthcoming iPhone 6 and subjected it to a variety of extreme stress tests. The screen—made of new, scratch-resistant sapphire glass—held up admirably. It was stood on, bent, attacked with keys and even stabbed, without so much as a scratch appearing.

iPhone 6 stood on

The only explanation Brownlee offered for how we came into possession of the new 4.7-inch screen was “it’s 2014; everything leaks”—a maxim proved by Steve Hemmerstoffer’s YouTube channel, which has uploaded a Chinese-language video showing the same screen being subjected to even more outrageous tests.

iPhone 6 intense test 1

The results are sure to please Apple fanboys: The screen holds up admirably to attacks with a scalpel, burning, and even a hammering.


Note: not a scratch on it.


The Daily Dot cannot confirm either of the videos as genuine, though they are in line with common rumors about the forthcoming phone; it’s believed the iPhone 6 will be available in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, a step up from the current 4-inch iPhone 5 range.

iPhone 5 iPhone 6 comparison

The iPhone 5s alongside the leaked iPhone 6 frontplate.

It’s worth noting that these stress tests aren’t necesserily reflective of the kinds of forces the finished iPhone 6 will be able to withstand; with the added weight and reduced flex caused by the rest of the components, the finished article may well fair rather worse upon being dropped.

iPhone 6 multiple stress tests

Eventually the Chinese testers pushed the frontplate beyond its limits, resulting in a resounding shatter. The tool of destruction? A car.

iPhone 6 car test

The iPhone 6 is slated for an official unveling on Sept. 19, and will go on sale shortly after. 

And here’s Marques Brownlee’s original stab-test:

H/T BGR / Photo via sashataylor / Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0)

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*First Published: Jul 11, 2014, 9:03 am CDT