With GT Advanced Technologies out of the picture it doesn’t seem likely that sapphire displays will land on the iPhone anytime soon. That’s why it’s good news that Corning today introduced the new Gorilla Glass 4 , the next generation of the most respected brand of drop-resistant glass covers on the market.
The company claims that Gorilla Glass 4 is up to twice as strong as any other competitive design available today, and that its formulation is intended to solve the number one problem with this type of material: falls on rough surfaces such as asphalt or concrete.
To this end, Corning has developed new methods for testing falls and after hundreds of hours of analysis, have determined that the new Gorilla Glass 4 has shown to survive 80% of falls on this type of surface, while normal glass screens have broken in 100% of cases. Not a bad statistic, don’t you think?
Corning has supplied glass covers to Apple since the launch of the original iPhone, the device on which this Brooklyn-based company, Steve Jobs, was virtually rebuilt. The second generation of glass focused on reducing thickness and improving tactile response, while the third, introduced early last year, focused on increasing scratch resistance.
The fourth generation will be in the hands of the manufacturers by the end of the year so barring any last-minute miracles, you know which ape will protect the iPhones’ screens in 2015.