Sapphires don’t just look great on your finger. New technologies are implementing sapphires into their products because of their durability and tough nature. A perfect example of this, is the newly released Apple Watch. Depending on the model that you get, your Apple Watch could have a screen made entirely of sapphires. This leads consumers to ask – “Is a screen made of sapphire worth the price tag?”
Apple Watch Technology
Most of us who own any sort of new technology – like a cell phone or a tablet – are worried about it getting beaten up. We place covers around them, or protective screens on top of them hoping to avoid scratching and breaking. The Apple Watch is no different, except that you can’t place a cover around this wearable piece of technology.Being a watch you wear around your wrist, it will be exposed to hazards that your smartphone simply won’t. Just think about how many times you accidentally bump your arm into something, and you’ll see what I mean. For this reason, many people are concerned about just how durable the new Apple Watch will be. No one wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a device that is going to break or scratch easily.
Glass Or Sapphire?
With the Apple Watch, there are essentially two different models. The Apple Watch Sport comes with a screen that is made out of Ion-X Glass. If you have heard of Gorilla Glass (most smartphones have it these days), it is essentially the same thing. It is a type of very durable and resistant glass that is protected from most scratches. On the other hand, the stainless steel Apple Watch (along with the gold Apple Watch Edition) has a sapphire-crystal face. This sapphire crystal face is harder, and more scratch resistant, than the Ion-X glass, but by how much?
Mohs Scale Of Hardness
To determine that, we need to look at something called the Mohs Scale. This scale, named after 19th century geologist Friedrich Mohs, compares scratch resistant materials against one another. It uses 10 minerals, ranging from Talc at the bottom all the way up to a diamond at number 10, with the idea being that each mineral can scratch all of the minerals listed below it. To determine how durable something is, you simply see where it falls on the Mohs Scale by scratching it with the minerals on the scale.
On the Mohs Scale, sapphires fall just below diamonds. This means that anything listed below it will not scratch a sapphire, but a diamond will. Being so high up on the scale makes it one of the most scratch-resistant minerals on the planet. When testing Ion-X glass on this scale, it doesn’t fall that much shorter. A sapphire will scratch the Ion-X glass, but everything else below it will not. However, sapphires are a form of corundum, it is used in many industrial tools. For example, some sandpapers use a sapphire coating, therefore sandpaper may be able to scratch the Apple Watch Sport.
Would You Want An Apple Watch
So, is the sapphire screen of the Apple Watch worth the price over the Apple Watch Sport? That is up to you. The price for the Apple Watch compared to the Apple Watch Sport is fairly significant, but you are getting a device that is almost impossible to scratch unless you use a diamond. Considering how open to the elements this watch is going to be, many consumers may want to pay the extra cost in order to ensure their device is as durable as possible. What do you think? Will Apple continue to make products using sapphires, even though it raises the cost? Would you be willing to pay the extra money if it meant your product would be more durable?