Corning’s new Gorilla Glass could make iPhone 7 display super tough

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Dropping the iPhone 7 might not be a disaster every time.
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Breaking the screen on your next iPhone is going to be a little bit harder, if Apple goes with the next version of Corning’s Gorilla Glass.

The company debuted Gorilla Glass 5 today that is destined to arrive on smartphones later this year, offering better durability than any other version when its dropped from 5 feet or lower.

Corning’s early lab tests showed that Gorilla Glass 5 survives drops onto rough surfaces up to four times better than its competitors. When dropped from 1.6 meters, the glass comes away crack-free 80 percent of the time. Great news if you rarely drop your iPhone, but not all that impressive if you’re a clumsy oaf like me.

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Apple has used Gorilla Glass in many of its iPhone and iPad devices, making the company’s latest iteration a likely candidate for the iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus, though there haven’t been any tell-tale signs that it will definitely happen.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be revealed in September with a simplified case design, improved camera, redesigned home button, A10 processor and more.