This Video Showing How Tough The iPhone 5’s Screen Will Be Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Although Apple has never officially promoted it, every iPhone and iPad’s screen resilience is thanks to Gorilla Glass, an ultra-strong, chemically treated glass made by Corning right here in the United States. At CES this year, though, Corning unveiled the stronger and much tougher sequel to Gorilla Glass, Gorilla Glass 2, and it’s this technology that is in all probability a shoo-in for the next iPhone and upcoming iPad mini.

We’ve already heard reports that the next iPhone will have the toughest and most scratch resistant display yet, but how tough will it be, really? This promotional video by Corning for Gorilla Glass 2 puts it all in perspective, proving not only that glass can be really cool, but that the next iPhone will likely be pretty much scratch and shatter-proof unless you let a real gorilla take a sledgehammer to it.

At the very least, stay for the flex test. It’ll make your jaw drop.

  • rpez021

    Transparent aluminum?

  • Whodakat

    Does it seem odd to anyone else that now, finally after they can get glass this tough and this flexible, that Apple decides to go back to metal? If it won’t shatter when you drop it, whats the down side to glass?

  • Jakub Pale?ek

    I think, that only the first iPhone had Gorilla Glass (3y without any scratch), but both of my 3GSes certainly did not have Gorilla glass.

  • bfred_it

    Apple did promote it, look up the first iPhone 4 videos. They made it seem like the iPhone 4 was unbreakable—obviously it isn’t the case—with the same “flex test” and all that.

    That’s why I’m not buying into it anymore.

  • Rygaard

    I dont care how flexiable or scratch resistant it is, if shock breaks it it will still breake from drop inpackt – since your iPhone wont bend what does it matter if you can bend the glas 5 or 90 Degrees ?

    what i want is for apple to make sure the glass can either absorb the or relay the energy from a drop so it dont shatter.

  • SevanGrim

    i would rather them show what kind of force DOES break/scratch it. When companies throw that “we cant even break it!” inclination on things it ruins the believability.

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