Corning Inc. has introduced its latest breakthrough in glass technology, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, which the company says is its most durable cover glass to date. This makes it a prime candidate for use in future iPhones and perhaps iPads.
Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops, according to John Bayne, vice president and general manager, Corning Gorilla Glass.
A recent worldwide Toluna consumer study revealed that, on average, people drop their phones seven times a year, with more than 50% of the drops occurring at one meter or below. To improve cover glass performance, Corning scientists developed and engineered an entirely new material to address the challenge of multiple drops.
On average, in lab tests, Gorilla Glass 6 survived 15 drops from one meter onto rough surfaces, and is up to two times better than Gorilla Glass 5, according to Dr. Jaymin Amin, vice president of technology and product development, Corning Gorilla Glass and Corning Specialty Materials. Under the same test conditions, competitive glass compositions, such as soda lime and aluminosilicate, did not survive the first drop, he adds.