shattered iphone

Kentucky-based Corning has announced that Sapphire-like glass called “Project Phire” will be shipping on smartphones later this year. While not direct confirmation, this could be the glass found on the next iPhone, as Corning has been the glass Apple has chosen in previous generations.

The new glass was announced at an event in New York City, reports CNET, and the company claims it offers the scratch resistance of sapphire but does better when dropped. 

“We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn’t fare well when dropped,” James Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, said on Friday. “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.”

Corning has become the dominant glass maker for mobile devices, now found on over 3 billion electronics shipped worldwide. Gorilla Glass 4 is found on the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the Samsung Galaxy series.

Past smartphones, the Corning “Project Phire” will be made for wearables. Apple has previously alluded that it will use sapphire glass in the Apple Watch that ships in April.

It was rumored in 2014 that Apple was planning to switch from Gorilla Glass to sapphire-based screens through GT Advanced Technologies, however the endeavor failed after the partner company went bankrupt. With a time crunch to get the next iPhone in production coming up later this year, Apple may choose “Project Phire” for its next smartphone glass.

At least it will be sapphire like, eh?

Source: CNET

  • Nex


    • Antzboogie

      Sapphire is not as strong as Gorilla Glass. Sapphire breaks and shatters more easily. It only scratches less easily.

      • Nex


      • jake kneller

        That my be true in the facts and all but I have had many android phones with gorilla glass and many iPhones I never use a case and drop my phone as much as the average person and well I have never had an iPhone screen or back even crack but the gorilla glass which is supposed to be so strong has always broke

  • jack

    I hate that Apple doesn’t inform us which glass is on our iPhones. I also find it stupid the marketing BS on GG4. They say it is “twice as strong as competitive glass” but how strong is it against GG3?

    • Rowan09

      Why does it matter? They use Gorilla Glass and as the article states Gorilla Glass 4.

    • SuperBee

      Compared to gs3, it’s about 5% stronger.

    • Carlos Gomes

      Apple value and cherish their brand above all things. Mentioning another brand on their ads would divert the audience focus away from what matters to the company.

      • Except when they mention Intel processors and nVidia or AMD GPUs.

    • Apple doesn’t do it because it really doesn’t matter at all.

      Fact: It is glass and its going to break and/or scratch or both when its that thin. No matter what magical name anyone calls it.

  • In light of this…to buy an iPhone 6 Plus in April… Or not to buy an iPhone 6 Plus in April, and wait.


    • It depends on what your current phone is. If it’s a 5s then you can surely wait a little bit longer 😉

      As long as the phone you have works and doesn’t have too many issues wait it out, it’ll be worth it…

      • @dongiuj

        I’m already due an upgrade but as far as smartphones go I think the 6/6+ are already old and basically a new one should be released in a little over half a year so I say wait…if you can. Just my opinion and that’s what I’m doing.

      • Fact. 🙂

      • mlee19841

        the 6s will probably have a better processor as always. Better screen and 2gb of ram……

      • Yep and so will the next phone after that!

    • Bugs Bunnay

      buy both.

    • anggoro hastarindro

      wait for it

    • Jamessmooth

      If you have to wait until April, you may as well wait until September.

  • ClaudieX X

    My iPhone 5s fell down 4 times and the screen broke 3 times even it fell down backwards… So Gorilla glass my A s s