Video: How strong is the Apple Watch Ultra’s sapphire glass?

The Apple Watch Ultra has a layer of sapphire glass that should protect it against scratches. But how strong is that glass really? A well-known YouTuber subjected the watch to a torture test. Check out the results in his video!

Sapphire glass Apple Watch Ultra under the microscope

YouTuber JerryRigEverything is every tech company’s nightmare. For example, he regularly subjects smartphones to a bend test to determine the build quality. He also checks how quickly smartphones and smartwatches show scratches.

Now it’s the turn of the Apple Watch Ultra’s screen, which is made of durable sapphire glass. Apple’s most expensive, largest and most rugged watch is designed for adventurers. You would therefore think that the screen is also resistant to scratches. However?

Unfortunately that is a bit disappointing. The test shows that the screen of the Apple Watch Ultra starts to scratch slightly at level 6 on the Mohs scale. It is used to indicate the hardness of screens and ranges from 1 to 10.

Also the Galaxy Watch 5 from competitor Samsung shows the first scratches at level 6. However, this smartwatch is a lot cheaper and the scratches are less deep. The Garmin Phoenix 7 does even better, as that watch passes level 6 and 7 virtually unscathed.

How is that possible? Apple mixes the sapphire glass of the Watch Ultra with other materials. Sapphire is very precious. Garmin probably uses the purest form of these three watches.

More about the Apple Watch Ultra

With a suggested retail price of 999 euros, the Apple Watch Ultra is the most expensive smartwatch that Apple sells. It uses the same chip as the Apple Watch Series 8, but has a larger screen at 49 millimeters. In addition, the build quality is better and it is water resistant to 100 meters. So you can safely dive with it. In addition, the Ultra has a battery that lasts up to 60 hours.

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