Gorilla Glass 3: Can We Finally Ditch Our Screen Protectors? [CES 2013]

Gorilla Glass 3: Can We Finally Ditch Our Screen Protectors? [CES 2013]

CES 2013 bug LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – I don’t care how battered and beaten the backs of my devices get. In fact, I kind of like the scars – they add character. But even the tiniest scratch on the screen drives me crazy. So I’m pretty stoked about Corning’s brand new Gorilla Glass 3, which promises to shrug off sharp stuff even better than before.

GG3 has something called “Native Damage Resistance,” which is just a lame corporate-speak way to say it resists scratches better. Three times better, apparently. And if you do manage to scratch it anyway, those scratches won’t show up as much. And even if you can see them, the glass will stay strong, so it won’t shatter along a fault line.

My iPad 3 is still mostly scratch-free, and I have had it since launch day. Compare that to my old iPad 2, which is now in the hands of The Lady. It is laced with a scribbled network of scratches bad enough to make me switch to a white iPad (where bezel scratches stay invisible). I credit this to better glass on the newer iPad.

Gorilla Glass isn’t officially used in any Apple products of course, but we’re all pretty sure that it covers our iPhones and iPads. And the new GG3 should start to appear in devices later this year.

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