Hi! Thanks for reading. This post looks better in our award-winning app, Tips & Tricks for iPhone.

app-store-badge

The engineers over at Corning (Apple’s current supplier for the glass screens on iOS devices) has just released a video ad campaign boasting the resistance of its material, Gorilla Glass 4. Corning has claimed that the material is up to twice as strong as competing products.

It’s a horrible moment, seeing an iPhone has been dropped face-down; not knowing whether or not the screen will be in one piece. This has been a serious challenge for glass manufacturers, who have been constantly pushing the boundaries of how much punishment a thin sheet of glass can take.

What the video doesn’t show, is Corning’s research into what actually causes breakages of this kind. They created a testing environment that simulated drops from a height of one meter. The surface the device was dropped onto drastically affected the chance of a break. Most often, the break is caused by contact with a sharp or rough surface, like concrete.

Gorilla Glass 4, Corning claims, is able to survive drops onto such rough surfaces 80% of the time whereas competing products will break on these surfaces in almost every instance.

Following the fall from grace experienced by Apple’s would-be supplier of Sapphire Glass – GTAT – now is a perfect opportunity for Corning to re-assert Gorilla Glass as the material of choice for smartphone manufacturers.

What better way to do it, than with squabbling Gorillas?

Hi! Thanks for reading. This post looks better in our award-winning app, Tips & Tricks for iPhone.

app-store-badge