Apple’s iPhone 6 was supposed to have come with sapphire glass which would have made the phone the most scratch resistant on the market. Only problem was, sapphire, while scratch resistant, wasn’t very drop friendly. Apple ultimately dropped the idea of making their front panel from sapphire because they couldn’t work out that one flaw. Now Corning is working on it’s own idea called Project Phire. There’s no word on if Corning will be using sapphire itself, but they are making a “new material” that has the toughness of Gorilla Glass and the scratch resistance of sapphire.
“We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn’t fare well when dropped,” Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, told the crowd at the event. “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’s Gorilla Glass already sits on the front panels of many of the smartphones on the market and the reports are that Corning will have this new material ready sometime this year. We’re not sure if Apple is continuing its own efforts on making a stronger more scratch resistant front panel but it seems Corning might beat them to it. Project Phire could be useful in not only cell phones but other panels from laptops to wearables. Scratch resistance is an attribute that most consumers want to see in their devices these days so watching the technology being pushed forward is a great thing. What do you think of Corning’s Project Phire? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.