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iPhone Screens – Will They Ever Be Indestructible?

Remember when we were told that there will come a time when iPhones will have unbreakable screens and that these iPhones would be the iPhone 6? Remember when we were told iPhone 7 will be completely transparent? Remember all the rumours and intrigues?

Apple is determined on putting out one model after another in the market with slight or no changes in the features. Some new features are completely meaningless (remember when we used to have jack in phones), while there are several other flaws glaring you in the face which Apple does not want to improve, for instance the frail charges and easily breakable iPhone screens. Let us discuss the latter.

Apple has a come a long way from its first iPhone released almost a decade ago. if we just talk about how much Americans spend on repairing their smartphones, your iPhone screens will shatter right in your hands. A hefty sum of $23.5 billion was spent in the year 2014 for repairing smartphones (just in the USA). To simplify it, Apple’s bank account fattens as you break your screens. Maybe that is the reason we are still stuck with terribly fragile iPhone screens.

A rumour you may have heard has it that iPhone 6 will have – not totally indestructible – but harder-to-shatter and scratch screens. The screens will be made from Sapphire display. Sapphire display is used on iPhone camera lens and Apple Watch. However, the screens which were built by the producers were not up to the mark and it is 2016 and we are still crying over ghosts of our shattered phones. An iPhone already costs so much, adding a sapphire display would have increased the screen cost 10 times. When you think of it like this, you see other smartphone brands with better screens than Apple’s. Those phones do not cost as much.

An iPhone already costs so much, adding a sapphire display would have increased the screen cost 10 times. When you think of it like this, you see other smartphone brands with better screens than Apple’s. Those phones do not cost as much.

So, what is the deal?

In case you have been missing this, let me remind you that the newer the iPhone gets the nicer looking it becomes. It makes you think that the designers are more focused on the aesthetics than the practicalities. “Let’s make the new phone better looking. Let’s make the new phone thinner.” “Thinner means fragile, right?” “Who cares?”. You can almost imagine the masterminds at Apple having this conversation. The key to making an indestructible screen is to not to make it with glass only. Other popular brands use a thin layer of plastic or only plastic for the screens. What Apple does is make the screen with glass only, and then thin it over time. That makes the screen look brighter and everything

The key to making an indestructible screen is to not to make it with glass only. Other popular brands use a thin layer of plastic or only plastic for the screens. What Apple does is make the screen with glass only, and then thin it over time. That makes the screen look brighter and everything more clearer and high quality. From iPhone 4 to iPhone 6, the screen has been thinned 17% more. The phone sure does look sleeker and more expensive – but what about its fragility?

What we need is Apple to get its priorities straight. Aesthetics matter, but durability does even more. While the debate has not ceased yet – we have a fresh rumour in the market: the iPhone 8 will be nothing but glass. We’re not sure how much truth there is in that, it surely looks like a recipe for destruction. For now, we can only cross our fingers that a voice of reason will emerge from within the Apple fraternity to actually begin attaching durability over looks.

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About the Author Rich

Rich is co-founder of Repairly.

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