If you have a smartphone or tablet, there is a risk that Corning Gorilla Glass will protect the display. If it's a flagship device that has a glass sandwich design, you'll probably get Gorilla Glass on the back of it. The newer your phone is, the better the glass, but still not indestructible. In fact, my biggest concern for my iPhone X is that I drop it and either crack the front or back glass, which is why I became an ugly device as soon as I bought it.
However, by the end of 2018 devices, will have even better glass than Corning has just announced its new Gorilla Glass 6 generation. And the new iPhones will probably get it too.
Why am I so sure that the next iPhones will get Gorilla Glass 6? Because Apple is not only the company that brought Corning on the map when it worked with the glass company for the original iPhone, but also invested a sizeable sum of money in Corning just last May. From Apple's Press Release:
Apple announced today that Corning Incorporated will receive $ 200 million from Apple's new Advanced Manufacturing Fund as part of its commitment to drive innovation among American manufacturers. The investment will support Corning's research and development, capital goods needs and advanced glass processing. Corning's 65-year-old plant in Harrodsburg is an integral part of the 10-year collaboration between these two innovative companies and will be the focus of Apple's investment.
You do not invest so much money without any expectations. And while the investment for immediate benefits – like Gorilla Glass 6 on the iPhone X – may have come too late, it's not far-fetched to assume that the next generation of iPhones will have Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and back.
Corning said Gorilla Glass 6 will protect various devices later this year without revealing any product names. The Galaxy Note 9 and Pixel 3 could also be among the first gadgets to use the stronger glass.
How good is Gorilla Glass 6?
"Gorilla Glass 6 is a completely new glass composition that can be chemically strengthened. This makes Gorilla Glass 6 more resistant to damage." Jaymin Amin, Vice President of Technology and Product Development, in a press release. "In addition, the additional compression helps to make interruptions during the drops a probabilistic event, which on average increases the likelihood of multiple drop event survival."
Does that mean it will not break? Corning is sure that dripping will be much better than previous generations, and it would be better.
The company announced more details on how to make Gorilla Glass 6 for CNBC. Corning begins with thousands of new compositions that are sent to a computer for simulations. A few dozen prototypes make it out, and then Corning starts making it. From these two to four candidates are selected. Then testing begins as Corning tries to understand what causes the glass to break and how it can be improved – see the full video below: