Apple ‘Sapphire’ iPhone Lens – Whats it made of?

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What is the Apple iPhone camera lens actually made of? Check out this incredibly in depth look into what elements make up the Apple iPhone camera lens. Why does the iPhone lens scratch at a level 6 on Mohs Scale of Hardness? Ill be using the Diamond selector tool, an XRF machine AND an electron microscope.

Apple has been telling us that their camera lens is made from sapphire ever since the iPhone 5s. That is 5 different phones now that have this lens. (5s, SE, 6, 6s, and 7)



  1. i don't really see why the iPhone sapphire has impurities though. the manufacturing cost difference is surely negligible, especially for such a small lens.
    maybe it was the only way they could hold a patent for it. but since it scratches like tempered glass, its a complete waste of effort.

  2. thank you for telling for different between coating and pure sapphire, i must detect more gently before buying some product with saphire included hahaha

    From Indonesia
    Best Regards….

  3. After watching a handful of these scratch test videos, isn't pressure a valid factor to consider here to make it a fair test? Surely if you're purposely scratched something against your will (i.e camera lenses), you would subconsciously do so using slightly less pressure. Is 'angle of attack' also to be considered?

  4. This shows how Apple did well in advertising. Even the durability was the same as the tempered glass, they could sell more in which they claim the camera lens was covered by a "Sapphire" glass.

  5. Hahahaha I died at the “I grabbed a diamond tester I had laying around.” So casual as fuck, bcs we all have a diamond tester in our garage. You’re epic jerry!

    Now I’m gonna drive my V8 powered Supercharged Lawnmower and drive to my garden shack and get me a can of plutonium fuel to power my timemachine!

    See ya!

  6. Summary: it is real sapphire, and the marks were actually tiny cracks, not scratches. So Apple wasn't lying, it's just that it looks like a scratch.

  7. That's the lens COVER PLATE you're scratching, not the lens. Lenses are curved to focus light (convex or concave). Also the cross-section has Silicon and Carbon particles on it from contamination which is why the particles are not evenly distributed. You're in a lab that handles silicon all the time. The contamination is either from a SiC blade used to cross-section your sample or from particles left on the blade which were then transferred to your sample. The COVER PLATE is indeed sapphire but not in the typical Al2O3 ratio – more like AlO. The Silicon/Niobium layer is a mystery.

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