Want an unbreakable iPhone screen? Corning spells it out for Apple

Corning, manufacturers of the world-famous Gorilla Glass, has some advice for Apple on how to achieve an unbreakable iPhone screen.

After experimenting with the Redmi Note 7 by dropping it on a hard concrete floor, I can’t help but wonder when high-end phones from Apple, Samsung, and others, will adopt that kind of toughness.  I’m sure you know that most of those phones cost an arm and a leg to buy nad to have their broken screens. They all have Gorilla Glass on them. yet their screens break easily. 

As a matter of fact, many mobile users have developed a quiet disbelief that having Gorilla Glass on a smartphone makes any difference. That was until the Redmi Note 7 arrived and shocked us all. In our Redmi Note 7 review, for example, Mr. Mo concluded that “Gorilla Glass 5 pass Gorilla Glass 5”.

Redmi note 7 first boot
The Redmi Note 7 is almost unbreakable

Apparently, the problem was not with Gorilla Glass, but with how the phone manufacturers implemented it. That Apple iPhones everywhere have been experience cracked, shattered, or broken screens has not been the fault of Corning, but of Apple. An unbreakable iPhone screen is a possibility, and the key came from the horse’s mouth.

Corning Incorporated, the American multinational technology company that specializes in specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials, decided to speak up and address the problem of iPhone screens breaking. You know how a broken screen has almost become synonymous with Apple’s iPhones. So, what was it that Corning had to say?

unbreakable iPhone screen

How to make an unbreakable iPhone screen

Corning’s message for Apple was a simple but profound one: “If the [Gorilla] glass on the latest smartphones was just a little bit thicker, it would be nearly unbreakable”.  

So, was this what Redmi did with the Note 7? Did they make the Gorilla Glass 5 layer thicker? We have seen Gorilla Glass 5 crack on other phones at the smallest drop, but not so on the Redmi Note 7. This just might be the answer to our questions about why the Redmi Note 7 is that strong.

But back to Apple. Corning’s Gorilla glass has always been used on previous iPhones but on the recent models, they measure just about 0.45 mm to 0.55 mm thick, making them more fragile. Apple loves super thin iPhones, whic is the reason an unbreakable iPhone screen has remained a dream till date.

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A 1 mm Gorilla Glass 6 sheet can make the unbreakable iPhone screen

To prove their point, Corning delivered a presentation in which they pitted a slab of normal glass against  1mm thick Gorilla Glass 6. Both were subjected to hits by a metal tool. According to the report, the 1mm thick glass survived the ordeal while the normal glass did not.

We have seen Gorilla Glass 5 survive all sorts of assualt on the Redmi Note 7. And now, Corning has demonstrated that Gorilla Glass 6 is just as capable, if not more. The question is whether Apple will take to Corning’s advice or not and make the glass thick enough to give its fans an unbreakable iPhone screen in the next release.

Knowing Apple, it isn’t likely to happen. The American company has a penchant for embracing thinness above any other benefits, and there is no reason to believe they will change their approach now. They probably already knew what to do to make iPhone screens unbreakable all along.

If Apple would go down that route though, it would make a whole lot of sense to spend N400,000 or more on an iPhone because you would know it would be tough as nails and almost unbreakable.

In closing, this is not just good advice on how to manufacture an unbreakable iPhone screen. Every other smartphone brand can implement it and make tougher phones: just put a sheet of 1 mm thick Gorilla Glass on the phone’s screen and it becomes “almost unbreakable”.

References

  1. Corning to Apple: This is how you can make iPhones unbreakable
  2. Your iPhone could be ‘unbreakable,’ if it were just 1 mm thicker

 

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