Corning today unveiled a new material that combines the strength of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance of sapphire, reports CNET. Announced by Corning’s James Clappin during an investor meeting in New York, the glass-like composite is being developed under the codename Project Phire.
Torture tests are a thing nowadays, with people wanting to see just how much a smartphone can take, when it comes to physical damage, before it falls to pieces. For our displays, even more attention gets paid, as we try to make them tougher in each new device. For many, sapphire is what we’ve all been waiting for, and Kyocera has a device already on the market for anyone looking for that extra bit of ruggedness.
Corning goes on the offensive, shows Gorilla Glass can withstand more force than Sapphire in new video
The general consensus among the rumor mill is that Apple’s oft-rumored iPhone 6 will have a sapphire crystal display, which is said to have highly durable and scratch-resistant properties. But a new video shows that Corning’s Gorilla Glass, the material of choice in current iPhones and iPads, could actually withstand more force than sapphire crystal glass under weight.
According to rumors, Sapphire is touted to be the next-big material that Apple chooses for the next iPhone’s display. Sapphire crystal is much stronger than Gorilla Glass and has more resistance to scratches. But what do other smartphone manufactures think about this material?
According to a new report, Apple and its manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies have opened yet another sapphire glass manufacturing plant in Salem, Massachusetts. The new facility is the second known plant opened by Apple and GTAT, with the first being located in Arizona.
Apple will likely use sapphire glass instead of Gorilla Glass in the next generation iPhone as well as the much rumored iWatch. For this, the company has partnered with GT Advanced Technologies to setup a manufacturing facility in Arizona, and reports from a few months ago claimed that the plant won’t be able to meet demand.
New photos obtained by AppleInsider show that construction at Apple’s Arizona sapphire plant is moving quickly, with expansion to a nearby building possible as plans for the facility grow.
A new report has claimed that GT Advanced Technologies, which is expected to supply scratch resistant sapphire displays for the iPhone 6, might only supply about 9-16% of them. This is with the assumption that Apple expects to ship 70 million iPhones this year. This brings the total number of sapphire displays supplied by GTAT to about 6.3-11.6 million.