Apple has just enough time to get Corning Gorilla Glass 3 tested and fit onto its next-generation iPhones, with the latter planning to ramp up production at the end of Q1 this year, according to Corning’s own announcements at CES 2013.
A leading manufacturer of the glass used in many liquid crystal displays, Corning has demoed its aircraft-grade glass at CES 2013 giving us tantalizing thoughts about the strength and scratch resistance of next-generation iPhones.
Apple has been using the highly-durable glass in its iPhones since 2010 and there’s no reason not to believe the company will continue to leverage its benefits in the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6 (or both, depending on how the rumors materialize).
Using similar demonstration methods as last year, Corning proved at CES 2013 that its chemically-strengthened glass is indeed even more resistant to blows.
The company took a steel ball and rammed it into a test glass tile several times comparing its characteristics with competitive glass materials from other companies.
Needless to point out, the tests set up by Corning proved its Gorilla Glass 3 was superior to that of competing vendors.
According to Corning, the new glass will become widely available at the end of this year’s first quarter, giving Apple just enough time to test out its strengths and decide whether or not to use it in upcoming iPhones.
The first new iPhone from Apple is expected to arrive not in fall, but in summer at WWDC. Analysts believe the Cupertino company will break tradition this year by unveiling not one, but two new versions of the iPhone.
Some even boast that the iPhone 5S will have different screen sizes, and more color options for the buyer. So far, however, there’s no evidence to back up these claims.