Corning is working on new glass technology that is robust like the Gorilla Glass we find on our modern smartphones, including Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. It also has a scratch resistance close to the sapphire crystal. According to recent reports from CNET, Corning is working on a new material that will help attain scratch resistivity near to that of sapphire crystal.
Last Friday, during an investor meet in New York, Corning announced the under development Gorilla glass composite that has been code named as ‘Project Phire’. Company announced that the glass will be commercially available to the manufacturers by the end of this year. The glass will offer more protection for our devices that are still prone to scratches.
“We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn’t fare well when dropped,” Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, told the crowd at the event. “So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire.”
Cornering provides tougher glasses for TVs, fiber optics and almost every industry that involves the use of glass. However, the company has been under the constant pressure since one of its premium customers, Apple Inc., started flashing in the news for adopting synthetic sapphire crystal screen on the devices.
Corning can’t afford the repulsion Apple might offer, and so it has kicked off the research to provide a material that is more soothing and Cupertino giant will not have the include a new supplier in the environment.
Apple Inc, however, was in the news earlier to bring sapphire crystal in the latest iPhone 6 duo. It even had a deal with GT Advanced Technologies, however, somehow the company didn’t fulfill it and GT went bankrupt.
Apple is already installing sapphire crystal in the protruding camera lens in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the upcoming Watch.