The Back of the iPhone 4 is Not Gorilla Glass

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    I've seen videos of Gorilla glass devices like the Dell Streak being hammered and thrown and the glass just brushed it off like nothing. I just dropped my iPhone 4 on my driveway with a bumper case on it and the back totally shattered with spider webs. The drop was like less than a meter and landed flat back. It is definitely not gorilla glass, seems like it is cheap run of the mill window glass that shatters into shards (which my back did and a few pieces almost came off).
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    that sucks, sorry to hear, it's only like $20 to replace the back
     
  3. macrumors 65816

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    Don't drop it, SomeDudeAsking.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Because that's totally a viable option. I'm sure he purposely dropped his device just for fun.
     
  5. macrumors 68040

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    I doubt the market for cases would be as huge if everyone actually thought the iPhone glass was that tough.
     
  6. macrumors member

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    Gorilla Glass isn't miracle glass. A lot of android phones use it, and those break too. Granted it is stronger than the iphones, but when it comes down to it, glass is gonna break my man.
     
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    erayser

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    Lucky for you... that it was only the back. That's the easiest part to replace on the iPhone 4.
     
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    wordoflife

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    Did Apple ever say it was gorilla glass?
    Anyways, it should be $29 to replace via Apple.
     
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    MaxBurn

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    FWIW replace it with a metal back.
     
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    iEnvy

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    Thought the front was gorilla glass. :confused:
     
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    iApples

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    It costs almost nothing to fix the back. At least it wasn't the front.
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    Gorilla Glass is just specially tempered glass. If there was great enough force to the middle or edge of the glass, or concentrated enough into a point, the glass still shatters.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    The front is gorilla glass
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    The back is not the same glass as the front, that's why it's so cheap to replace and why it scratches much easier.
     
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    vincenz

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    There is absolutely no proof of this. Apple presumably would not spend millions of dollars in licensing to make iPhones with Gorilla Glass. The Gorilla Glass rumor has been around since the launch of the 4, but there has been no solid proof that is the actual product from Corning.
     
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    oakie

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    true, but it is a tempered aluminosilicate glass that has the same features of corning's gorilla glass. i think peple just call it that out of sheer ignorance or are too lazy to type, "tempered aluminosilicate glass compound"
     
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    iAmYou

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    It's worked for me.
    Gen 1,2,3 and so far 4.
     
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    The Californian

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    Or the same reason that all tissues are called Kleenex or all lip balms are called Chapstick.
     
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    BlindMellon

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    all though i skipped the iphone 4 and perhaps the iphone 5 as well, if i did get one of these, i would just go ahead and by a couple of backs while i was at it.
     
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    George Knighton

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    No, they didn't. Reviewers and reporters started saying it, and now a sizeable minority believe it.

    Yes. Very lucky it was the back. It's easy to do yourself, too, if you have the right tiny screwdriver.
     
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    George Knighton

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    Sounds to me like you're about due to drop your iPhone.

    Tomorrow.

    Don't get paranoid, though.

    :)
     
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    ghostlyorb

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    Everyone drops their iPhone and shatters the back just for fun. Where have you been? :rolleyes:
     
  23. iAmYou, Apr 21, 2011
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    iAmYou

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    Don't worry I wont.
    If I do happen to drop it, $29 fixes the back. If the whole thing goes $199 gets me a new one. Not really a big deal.
     
  24. macrumors 65816

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    You're dropping it wrong

    (sorry, had to)
     
  25. rndthm, Apr 21, 2011
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    Apple will not tell what the glass is and corning is not going to admit. The gorilla glass in the iphone is made at the corning plant in Harrodsburg, KY.
     

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