Corning Debuts Gorilla Glass 6 With 'Unprecedented' Multi-Drop Protection That Could Be Used in Future iPhones

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    Corning this morning unveiled its next-generation Gorilla Glass product, Gorilla Glass 6, which it says offers "unprecedented protection against multiple drops" and better protection against drops from higher heights.

    According to Corning, Gorilla Glass 6 is its most durable cover glass to date, made of a new material that's been engineered to stand up to more than one drop. The average person drops their smartphone seven times a year, making multi-drop durability a key feature Corning wanted to improve.

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    Devices using Gorilla Glass 6 were able to withstand 15 drops from one meter onto rough surfaces, which is up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5, which Corning has been offering to its partners since 2016. Competitive glass compositions like soda lime and aluminosilicate, did not survive the first drop, says Corning.
    The higher durability of Corning's new Gorilla Glass product was engineered with all-glass smartphone designs in mind, like the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, offering optical clarity, touch sensitivity, scratch resistance, efficient wireless charging, and enhanced durability.

    Gorilla Glass 6 is likely to make its way into future iPhones, and could even perhaps be included in the 2018 iPhone lineup, depending on when Corning provided details on the new product to Apple.

    Corning has been a longtime Apple supplier, with Gorilla Glass used in devices across Apple's product lineup. In May of 2017, Corning even became the first benefactor of Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund, receiving $200 million for research and development and new glass processing equipment.

    Corning says its Gorilla Glass 6 is being evaluated "by multiple customers" and the first smartphones and devices using Gorilla Glass 6 are expected to reach the market in the next several months.

    Article Link: Corning Debuts Gorilla Glass 6 With 'Unprecedented' Multi-Drop Protection That Could Be Used in Future iPhones
     
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    Personally it feels like later generations of Gorilla glass are more fragile. Gorilla Glass 2 on one of my old android phones survived many a drop. The iPhones the family has had with newer shatters oh so easily.
     
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    I've seen every generation of glass break...
     
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    If it didn’t have unprecedented protection they really wouldn’t be doing their job properly would they?
     
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    Why do phone screens don't scratch until 6-7 level of hardness (youtube tests) but they scratch every time I put them in my pocket? I don't think my pockets have minerals in it, to be able to scratch the display.
     
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    If I drop a glass phone from a meager height, the glass breaks. Hell, Samsung the S8 broke from a 1 foot drop onto a wood floor - twice :(

    I immediately slapped a case on the iPhone X, so can't really comment.
     
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    I'd be interesting in seeing drop tests!
    I think it's small particles of sand?
     
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    Ha! The investment will probably payoff down the line.

    Seriously, this is good news, especially as Apple is taking its iToys products towards glass fascia like the iPhone 4s. The exaggerated wireless charging will be better. And, the option of not using a case on these beautiful devices is attractive.
     
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    Have You tested that many ‘new’ iPhones to know they shatter that easily? I think any Smart phone that is constructed of glass can be prone to shattering depending on the angle, surface and how it lands, and of course if a case is used will greatly impact if it survives or not as well.
     
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    Ok, it will withstand a couple of drops but how much can it bend before it breaks? I've seen so many people put their iPhones in their back pockets so Corning should include bending as part of the test show how durable it is.
     
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    Well, according to Corning I am not average, as I have dropped my iPhone X not once since I bought it. I also have never dropped my iPhone 7 Plus.

    On the other hand, I am still glad to see that Corning is making better and better glass. I will wait for independent reviews though, because I really do not believe Corning's claims.

    For example, the Corning glass on the iPhone X is supposed to be the strongest out to date but I think it is much weaker and more prone to break than the glass on the iPhone 7 Plus. I never had micro-scratches on my iPhone 5s, 6, 6s, 7 Plus, but after about a month with my iPhone X (without screen protector) I had about 4-5 micro-scratches, so that is when I went to an Apple Store and had them put on the Belkin screen protector with the machine they have.

    I hope it is as strong as they advertise, but doubt it.

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    WAT. I've dropped my iPhone maybe twice since 2007. The first time was the original iPhone onto asphalt and it only dented the corner slightly. I was a lot more careful after that. The second time was when I was holding two iPhone 6 Plus at the same time and luckily it fell onto carpet because it was my uncle's iPhone. I think my brain was confused holding two giant phones at the same time because I dropped it immediately. I'm still confused about what happened.
     
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    You May be actually scratching the oleophobic coating, which essentially is a protective layer over the display that eventually wears off. And there easily could be particles in your pocket that you physically can’t see or feel that could rub up against your iPhone display and scratch it. Use a Screen protector if it concerns you.
     
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    Oh yes? Challenge. Accepted.
     
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    Think it’s because the 2.5D glass designs we’ve had from the iPhone 6 make the screen itself impacting the ground more likely, as compared to the flat sheet contained within a mental frame on the 5s.
     
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    Corning loves to say that their new Gorilla Glass is so unbreakable but then when new devices come out they break just the same. Hopefully this time is different but I won't hold my breath.
     
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    The only thing better than Gorilla Glass 6 is Gorilla Glass 7… coming to you in 4-8 fiscal quarters.
     
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    Old school Nokia phones.
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    Seriously? 7x a year? I never drop mine and always go caseless.
     
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    It depends entirely on how the phone impacts the surface. The smaller the contact area, the greater the risk of screen shattering. So it's pretty much 100% luck based. Newer glasses will be stronger, but it's relative strength; thin glass panes will still be glass, so thus really fragile.

    Debris caught in your clothes most likely. Could be from something you put in said pocket, or from having been laundered; tiny grains of sand from around the hem of your pants leg could migrate during the washing process and end up in your pocket.
     

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