Should Apple use a crystalline solid instead of Gorilla Glass?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by moonman239, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. moonman239 macrumors 68000

    Mar 27, 2009
    A crystalline solid is harder to break, because the molecules in the solidare arranged in a defined order.

    As far as I know, the only problem with using a crystalline solid is cost. The factory would need to melt the solid, and I assume all crystalline solids have a high melting point, so a factory would need to spend a lot of money on equipment capable of melting the solid, and the electricity required to melt the solid.
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  4. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    There are four types of crystalline solids. Which are you proposing to use?:rolleyes:
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Well, when the "only problem" is a big problem then what do you expect them to do?

    The officer of a specialty company that does make phones with sapphire screens was quoted as saying that Apple looked into it and decided that it couldn't be done on the scale they'd need it to be.

    If it were possible I'm sure people like that guy would jump at the chance to sell sapphire screens to Apple. The fact that no one is offering that to Apple should tell you something.
  6. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I'm already looking forward to future Gorilla Glass generations. They are developing an anti-microbial coating. But I am most interested in the glass becoming "tens of times more transparent than purified water", so that reflections are massively reduced.
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    That's a big "only" considering that the iPhone is already expensive to many.
  8. scott99 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2007
    I've seen SO many people walking around using iPhones with cracked screens, so I have to disagree with you on your thoughts about Gorilla glass.
  9. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    The question is how many of them were intentionally cracked by the owner to achieve "status"? :D

    Smashed smartphone screens become status symbol

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