Corning Pits Gorilla Glass 3 Against Sapphire, Plans Reflection Reduction and Antimicrobial Technology

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following Apple's adoption of sapphire crystal as a strong and durable covering for the rear cameras on the iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch late last year, rumors of expanded uses for the material have gained some traction. Back in March, we covered a report suggesting that sapphire could see wider adoption as coverings for displays on mobile devices, and just last week a sketchy rumor claimed that Apple is planning to use a sapphire-covered capacitive home button with integrated fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S.

    Amid these discussions of the potential of sapphire, Corning has published a feature outlining why its latest Gorilla Glass 3 is in fact already a better option than sapphire for mobile device displays, citing greater strength, lower weight, less energy cost in production, and significantly lower pricing. And with those features has come widespread adoption, with Corning reporting that over 1.5 billion devices have been made with Gorilla Glass.
    Corning also discusses its latest work with Gorilla Glass, noting that the company has already trimmed the materials thickness to the point where it can be curved and shaped without losing strength. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that Apple was working on a curved glass smart watch, a product that could potentially take advantage of Corning's latest Gorilla Glass advancements.

    Going even further, Corning lays out its future plans for Gorilla Glass, sharing that the company is working hard on new versions that reduce reflections for better visibility in bright sunlight and which incorporate antimicrobial technology to minimize the germs which are prevalent on mobile devices.

    Article Link: Corning Pits Gorilla Glass 3 Against Sapphire, Plans Reflection Reduction and Antimicrobial Technology
  2. anubis macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2003
    Sapphire is hard, but brittle. Meaning, you wouldn't get any scratches on it but would be prone to shattering from small drops. Also it's insanely expensive to make.
  3. fel10 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2010
    Woodstock, GA USA
  4. CalebLevArn macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2013
    United States #
    Gorilla glass would be nice on all future iMac's.
  5. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    This video seems to be missing the point. Sapphire is used because (in theory) it's harder to scratch, this video just shows it shatters more easily.
  6. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    I'd be pretty sassy if I carried 3 tablets and a bitchin' smartphone around. He's got cash to spare.
  7. JDee macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2008
    I dunno' about this whole Gorilla Glass thing to be honest. The iPhone 5 has 'Gorilla Glass 2' and I still see loads of the displays being broken. I know it's not invincible but it's not as hard as they make it out to be in these videos.
  8. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    He dropped his banana for a couple of idevices.
  9. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    Hmmmmm...... A gorilla as the mascot or a jewel? I'll go with the gorilla.
  10. abhishake macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2005

    "Can't touch this"
  11. viewfly macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2009
    That is correct. It depends what is more important to folks, hardness (scratch proof) or breakage (strength). Sapphire is great for the camera lens cover for scratch resistance. And could be for the entire phone if breakage from dropping is not the issue at hand.

    There could be other downsides for Sapphire, like oleophobic coatings, higher reflections than gorilla glass
  12. ImperialForces macrumors member

    They didn't show the results of the scratching.

    On a side note, I'm far more concerned about scratches than I am about accidentally placing 96% of my body weight directly on my phone against a small diameter metal surface.
  13. that user macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2011
    I love the breaking noise sapphire made in the video. I want to hear what Gorilla sounds like.
  14. tevion5 macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2011
    iPhones are delicate surely but many of my friends have ugly cases for theirs and still manage to break them. My almost 2 year old 4s looks brand new and I never use a case. Just look after your phone and it will stay safe.

    If you do regular mountain climbing or frequently find yourself under gunfire, then yeah, don't buy the phone partially contructed of glass.
  15. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    Exactly what I was thinking.
  16. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Gorilla glass is great for preventing scratches. The issue with shattering has little to do with the glass and more to do with shock absorption. Better shock absorption will help prevent glass shattering. The iPhone 4/4S was absolutely terrible in this regard because it was glass front and back so there was almost zero ability to absorb any of the force when dropped.
  17. thepowerofnone macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Hmmm... Sapphire - about a 9 on the Mohs scale; Gorilla Glass 3 - about a 6.

    Glad to see that Corning know how to bias a test to make their produce seem much better than it is, Gorilla Glass is much more flexible, of course it is going to do better in a normal force pressure test. On the other hand, unlike sapphire its less hard than sand, and so scratches like a *****. Who do they think they are fooling? No industry expert is going to watch that and think "that Gorilla Glass 3 really is going to solve our durability problem". Breaking a phone by smashing its screen like they do in the test never ever ever happens. You never get an isolated layer like that which is allowed to deflect to failure. You get an impact on an edge which causes a fast fracture. Its down to phone companies to design smarter to protect the vulnerable edges which are a problem associated with all glasses and pick a material which keeps the surface nice and mirror-clean.
  18. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    tl;dr Unless your ass can focus all of its weight into the size of a quarter, sapphire is fine.
  19. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
  20. Daalseth macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012

    The picture is a Gorilla carrying a bunch of Android devices.
    Seems appropriate.
  21. Rumple macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    Corning makes the best glass always did always will.
  22. MacDav macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2004
  23. pancakedrawer macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    looks like glass technology is every bit as important as processor technology.
  24. Ryth macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2011
    OK, I'm not an engineer, but the two samples that break in the video...wouldn't the Sapphire one break more easily because it's much wider, giving it less support/coverage strength? The corning sample that breaks is like half the size.
  25. 4TheLoveOfTech macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2013
    Samsung Galaxy S4 Already Uses It.

    You would think the author of this article would have posted that the Samsung Galaxy S4 was the first mobile phone to use GG3.

    "The Only Smartphone with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 - Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently the only mainstream device to have the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and it looks like this is something which is not going to change for at least a few months now. Just for the sake of comparison, the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 did fairly well in the hammer test for the Galaxy S3."

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