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Apple Byte: The iPhone 6's 'unbreakable' sapphire screen

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Apple Byte: The iPhone 6's 'unbreakable' sapphire screen

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Extreme bending and scratch tests shows how unbreakable and unscratchable the iPhone 6's sapphire front panel proves to be.

[MUSIC] What's up? Brian Tong here, and welcome to theapplebyte for all the good, and bad, inside the world of Apple. We actually have some legitimate iPhone 6 news, not like those made up Lebron to Cleveland rumors. Don't expect revamp Macs anytime soon. And Apple has a job opening we can all qualify for. Well, almost all of us. So let's get to the show and new videos of factory line parts acquired by Sunny Dixon are showing us just how unbreakable and unscratchable the new sapphire based iPhone 6 front panel is. Dixon is pretty kind with it with his bend test. But then YouTube rock star Marcus Brownley decides to get real. He starts scratching it with a scratch test with his keys, then takes it up a notch by trying to scratch it vigorously with a knife. And even stabs it, hard. There's still not a single blemish. He bends it even under more extreme conditions, but nada. Now these are the only two known sapphire front panels that have leaked out. Sunny Dixon has a solid reputation of getting these parts in the past, and the clarity of this panel is really crystal clear. It also might confirm one unknown. This is a 4.7 inch panel. Rumors have said only the larger 5.5 inch iPhone 6 would get the sapphire display, but this part would suggest otherwise. And something this slide really can't be tested for corner drops or legit shatter tests. So we'll continue waiting, but the panel looks impressive. More parts this time, a hands-on with the rumor 4.7 inch rear shell for the iPhone 6, thanks to Moscow-based Feld and Volk. This is the first to showcase the cutout for the Apple logo, a slot for the sim card tray, and two screws near the lightning port opening on the bottom. And, the number one request everyone is asking for with the iPhone, is better battery life. But according to Chinese media reports, we may be disappointed with a lower than expected battery capacity that will only give a slight boost compared to the iPhone 5S. Now that's due to the rumored focus on a slimmer design, with an 1800 milliampere hours batter for the 4.7 inch phone and a 2500 milliamperes hour battery for the 5.5 inch one. Now in comparison Samsung's Galaxy S5 sports a 2800 milliampere hour battery for their 5.1 inch display. So would you guys rather have a slimmer iPhone, or one that has way more battery life? We know software optimization is part of it, but when all is said and done Samsung's full advertising assault, calling the iPhone users wall huggers might still be just as accurate when even the iPhone 6 comes out. Denied the freedom to enjoy even the most basic things. Like grabbing a drink or sharing a laugh with your co-workers, or sitting with someone you know. You know the new iPhone's coming out soon. Hope it has a better battery. I can tell you that I'm that person at the airport all the time. But I don't like hugging walls. I prefer, hugging you. Aww. You're so warm. Alright, also Apple seriously needs to step up their advertising game because they have been getting a bad Apple beat down by Sammy over the past two years. Alright, I know a lot of us are looking to get a Mac with Intel's Next Gen Broadwell chip set, but Chinese site VR Zone reports that production will not start until later in the year, pushing out Macs that would use those chips to mid 2015. It was expected to ramp up in July and August but, that's just not the case anymore. The report says new MacBook Airs and 13 inch MacBook Pros won't be ready to ship with Broadwell until February 2015. And the larger 15 inch MacBook Pro and iMac won't be shipping until July 2015 at the earliest. Bottom line, Broadwell chips in Apple products won't appear until 2015 and that's been confirmed to CNET as well. Alright, let's take a break and check out the App of the Week. This one is for all the sports fans out there, and you've gotta check out the 120 Sports app, which is more than just highlights. They present two minute clips really made for the internet generation of the biggest stories and highlights. You can read articles that compliment the videos, and see related tweets as well. It's a real clean interface, and all the major sport leagues like the NBA, MLB, and NHL and more, except the NFL are behind it right now. They have live streams in a casual discussion. It's a one of a kind platform right now, and it's definitely worth checking out, for free. But, you might not wanna watch if you want to stay away from stories about the Brazilian waxing. Ahh! And that's the World Cup game I'm talking about. Alright, iOS 8 gets its 3rd beta release. There's new iCloud drive options and settings to sort everything and access them through iOS, OS 10 Yosemite, Windows machines, or the web. There's a toggle to take advantage of the hands off feature, a revamped weather app with more details. There's a new time indicator before your recently deleted photos are permanently removed, and T-Mobile users can take advantage of Wi-Fi calling over the data network right now. Plus, Apple's Help app now has access to the iPhone's M7 motion co-processor so it can track your steps taken and that data is displayed as far back as a week for you. There's also a new caffeine section to track how many Red Bulls you would drink a day. Now, this is the first year I haven't really installed it on my primary device because, I'm not willing to **** with some key apps that stopped work in the past few years. And plenty of people have complained how it's not ready for prime time use because, maybe it's a beta. On the other hand, I've always partitioned my hard drive to use the latest OS X developer preview, and Apple released a third iteration recently. Dark mode is officially available as an option for the OS, which is really cool. System preferences, mail and cloud preferences have received some interface tweaks. And there's an updated QuickTime icon. Now a lot of you asked me when the beta version will be available to the public. Apple still says summer, but it hasn't dropped just yet. And finally, are you looking to work at Apple, but you don't think you have the right skills? Well that might change after a recent job posting from Cupertino was posted for an iCup Technician. And no, that is not for a new wearable from the BayGay. This is for a dedicated job to operate and maintain the barista coffee machine. Key qualifications include prior work with coffee machines, being able to speak clearly and listen attentively, and some computer skills. I only qualify for one of those. Alright, guys, that's gonna do it for this week's show. We're still working on an Ask Me Anything show, so send us your emails at theapplebyte@cnet.com, or tweet me @briantong and you could be featured in our apple byters Q&A where again, you can ask me anything. Alright, thanks so much for watching and we'll catch you all next time for another bite of the apple. [MUSIC]

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