Corning, a Kentucky based glass and ceramics company is set to introduce the third version of its popular Gorilla Glass. The new glass, which is simply being called Gorilla Glass 3 is expected to reduce scratches and increase in strength.
When used on mobile products, the new Gorilla Glass will help ease some of the issues that these products have faced in the past, such as scratching when put in bags with keys and easily shattered screens from short falls.
Gorilla Glass 3 has been improved at the molecular level, incorporating a proprietary feature called Native Damage Resistance (NDR). According to Corning, NDR reduces the propagation of flaws, the appearance of scratches and does a better job of maintaining the overall retained strength of the glass. As a result, GG3 claims a three-fold improvement in scratch resistance, 40 percent reduction in the number of visible scratches and 50 percent boost in retained strength after the glass becomes flawed.
Gorilla Glass was used on the original iPhone, when CEO Steve Jobs requested that the company scale Gorilla Glass to fit the 3.5 inch screen size of the iPhone. Corning is currently working on creating Thunderbolt cables up to 30m long for Apple’s Macs which may smooth over any deals the Kentucky company and Apple make.
Corning introduced Gorilla Glass 2 just last year, and has already produced a stronger, more durable glass, which can benefit the iPhone greatly. Apple’s current iPhone 5 has passed more drop tests than the iPhone 4S and appears to be much sturdier. With the iPhone 5S or 6, Apple could release one of its most durable iPhones yet.