As the Apple Watch shipping date nears, tech geeks are investigating minutely to ascertain if it is the best smartwatch out there. The folks at UnboxTherapy got their hands on the ‘Ion-X’ display cover of the Apple Watch Sport (courtesy Sonny Dickson) and decided to put it to a scratch test. They experiment with keys, knife, steel wool and sandpaper to discover if the Apple Watch Sport, which flaunts the custom-made glass, endures scratches from these sharp objects or not. Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
From the video, we learn that the Apple Watch Sport display is seamlessly scratch-resistant to keys, steel wool and knives, without putting any real damage to the smartwatch screen. However, when the sandpaper is used, the screen is bruised completely with visible damage.
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The Ion-X glass used only on Apple Watch Sport variants claims to be significantly harder and durable than normal glass, somewhere in the neighborhood of Gorilla Glass. According to AppleInsider, ‘Apple makes the Ion-X glass by dipping normal glass into a molten salt bath that transfers smaller sodium ions out of the substrate, filling in the spaces with larger potassium ions. Exposed surfaces become hardened during the process, making it more resilient to scratching and nicks’.
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However Ion-X when compared to sapphire falls short in durability and hardness, but is relatively lightweight. Apple is using sapphire on the more expensive Edition and the standard Apple Watch variants. Even though the Ion-X glass does succumb to sandpaper, it will be sufficiently durable for everyday usage.
The few early bird pre-orders are going to be shipped on April 24, while many other customers will have to wait till as long as July before they get their hands on their desired Apple Watch.