New Video Gives Inside Look at Corning's Gorilla Glass Research Facility

Corning, producer of Gorilla Glass, has been a long time partner of Apple. Its ultra tough Gorilla Glass has been used in several generations of iPhones and iPads, including the recent iPad Air 2 and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

While Corning has published several videos that show how its Gorilla Glass is produced and tested, uBreakiFix recently visited the company's Gorilla Glass facility in Corning, New York, and has created a set of videos explaining how Gorilla Glass works and showing off some of the equipment that Corning uses to test Gorilla Glass.

The first video explains the details behind Corning's ion exchange glass strengthening procedure and its focus on "damage resistance," which sets Gorilla Glass apart from its competitors. It also shows tests between Gorilla Glass and regular glass, where Gorilla Glass significantly outperforms standard glass.


In the second video, uBreakiFixCo goes behind the scenes at Corning's Gorilla Glass research and testing facility to show off Corning's testing procedures and the toughness of Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass is able to withstand far more pressure and scratching than standard glass, which is one of the reasons why it's so popular with manufacturers, including Apple.


In November, Corning introduced the latest iteration of Gorilla Glass, Gorilla Glass 4. This next-generation Gorilla Glass is even more resistant than previous versions to glass shattering drops and it is able to survive 80 percent of face-down falls onto rough surfaces.

Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 is already shipping to manufacturers and should Apple choose to go with Gorilla Glass for its next-generation iPhones rather than sapphire as once again rumored, Gorilla Glass 4 could very well make an appearance in iPhones in 2015.

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Top Rated Comments

CoMoMacUser Avatar
125 months ago
No actual gorillas. Disappointing.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrjr101 Avatar
125 months ago
I dont know about you all, but I somehow always end up getting hairless scrathes on my screen and yes i take care of my phone, I dont even put my phone in the same pocket that i have my keys. Apple needs a better screen.

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Does it though?
Yes it does.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chrjy Avatar
125 months ago
Why does the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus scratch much easier than the previous models?

Does it though?
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ghostface147 Avatar
125 months ago
Why does the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus scratch much easier than the previous models?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lindberg Avatar
125 months ago
I wish Apple would make phones with more durable screens (looks at my iPhone 5s with a half-shattered screen).
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WylyQuimby Avatar
125 months ago
Using simple logic here, shouldnt it be possible to take Sapphire and apply the same chemical reinforcement processes Gorilla Glass uses to in turn produce a superior Sapphire glass than Gorilla Glass?

They are testing plain sapphire against reinforced glass in the video which is obviously a poor comparision.
This is not likely possible as they are completely different materials. In brief, amorphous silicon oxide versus crystalline aluminum oxide.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)