Apple’s plans for a super-durable sapphire iPhone may have fallen flat, but that doesn’t mean your next smartphone can’t be shatter-proof. According to Corning, the latest version of its protective Gorilla Glass should keep your phone intact even if hits the ground face-first.
Gorilla Glass 4 passed Corning’s meter-high drop test about 80 percent of the time. That’s twice as good as Gorilla Glass 3, though it still means your screen could shatter about 20 percent of the time. The company adds that there are no drawbacks to the improved material. It looks just as good as before and is just as resistant to everyday scratches and scrapes.
Gorilla Glass is pretty much the industry standard at this point, finding its way into the latest devices from Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and Microsoft. Even Apple uses a strengthened version of the material to protect the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Corning says the improved glass is already shipping to some companies, so it shouldn’t be too long before a new generation of drop-proof smartphones hit the market.