iPad, iPhone getting tougher with new Gorilla Glass

January 4, 2013

Scratching the glass on your iPad or iPhone right now is no easy task. You really need to work at it to make a noticeable scratch.

That’s about to become even more difficult.

Kentucky-based Corning, who makes the famously named Gorilla Glass for the iPhone and iPad, is announcing their third-generation of glass panels, which again will reduce scratches and increase overall strength of the glass.

Corning will unveil the glass at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

“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.”

Apple has used Gorilla Glass since its original iPhone. In Walter Isaacson’s biography on the late Steve Jobs, Jobs himself called Corning’s CEO before the original iPhone launched, requesting the company to start scaling production of Gorilla Glass.

They’ve been a match-made in heaven ever since.

But if Gorilla Glass 3 is tougher than its previous technologies, what will four have in store?

“These new innovations build on the increasingly important and continually evolving role of highly engineered glass technologies in delivering improved product performance and functionality through touch capabilities, protective cover glass, and device connectivity,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president, in a press release.

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