New Gorilla Glass could make the toughest iPhone yet

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Corning's Gorilla Glass 6 can survive being dropped over a dozen times. Ape not included.
Gorilla Glass Victus protects phones from drops and scratches better than ever before.
Photo: Corning

Corning unveiled an improved version of Gorilla Glass on Thursday that it promises is much more scratch and shatter resistant than its predecessor. The new iteration, dubbed Victus, could lead to iPhones that survive both being dropped and being stuffed in a pocket with a set of a car keys.

Gorilla Glass Victus less likely to get scratched or broken

Apple handsets get sheathed in glass, front and back. Corning produces this, and for years has emphasized shatter resistance in Gorilla Glass. That’s changing.

“Instead of our historic approach of asking our technologists to focus on a single goal – making the glass better for either drop or scratch – we asked them to focus on improving both drop and scratch, and they delivered with Gorilla Glass Victus,” said John Bayne, a Corning senior vice president, in a statement.

The product survives being dropped up to 2 meters onto hard, rough surfaces, according to its developer. That’s better than previous version, which was tough enough to get through multiple 1 meter drops. And the new glass is also twice as resistant to scratching as its predecessor, Gorilla Glass 6.

Victus will be used in the next Samsung Galaxy Note. And while Corning stayed mum whether it’ll also be part of the upcoming iPhone, Bayne told USAToday, “We were on the very first iPhone, and every model since.”

Corning created a video to show off the capabilities of its new product: