New Gorilla Glass should turn 2018 iPhone display into a tank

Alonzo Simpson
July 19, 2018

This new Gorilla Glass 6 is made from an "entirely new material" that can withstand multiple drops.

John Bayne, vice president and general manager of Corning Gorilla Glass, said that as consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the opportunity for potentially damaging drops is also on the rise.

Corning Inc., which makes the glass used in Apple Inc.'s iPhones and smartphones from Samsung Electronics Co., rolled out new technology it says is less likely to break when a device is dropped.

In lab tests, Corning claims that Gorilla Glass 6 survived as many as 15 drops from 1-metre height onto rough surfaces and was found to be up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5.

According to Corning, people drop their phones an average of 7 times a year with more than 50% of drops occurring within a meter height.

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Today, Corning has announced a new version of Gorilla Glass, the sixth version, to be precise. Under the same test conditions, competitive glass compositions did not survive the first drop.

Whether Apple uses Gorilla Glass 6 in the next generation of iPhone or the same unique collaboration is yet to be seen.

The new glass composition has been chemically strengthened to offer "higher levels of compression" than what was possible with the previous iteration of the product.

Alongside offering an enhanced durability, Gorilla Glass 6 is designed with optimised "optical clarity, touch sensitivity, scratch resistance, efficient wireless charging and enhanced durability" to match modern design trends where glass panels are featured not just at the front but also at the back.

Phones with Gorilla Glass backs don't have to look-or feel-like they've got glass backs.

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