Gorilla Glass maker, Corning, recently announced a composite glass project named Project Phire. The forthcoming glass, the company claims, has Sapphire Glass-like scratch resistant capabilities.Gorilla Glass was concerned when one of its biggest customer Apple said that they will be ditching the Gorilla glass for a stronger synthetic sapphire glass which is known for being extremely hard to scratch. Apple had a hard time as GT Advanced Technologies, a company it commissioned for the production of sapphire glasses went bankrupt and severed ties with Apple. Also Read - Why the iPhone 6 doesn't have sapphire displayAlso Read - After Apple, Xiaomi too orders Sapphire displays for upcoming smartphone: Report
We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but did not fare well when dropped, said Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies and he further added that So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire. Also Read - Video shows just how scratch-proof the next iPhone could be
Corning have had a paradigm shift on the approach as they are focusing more on how to develop a glass that not only possesses superior scratch resistant technology but can also prevent breakages. Corning had unveiled the Gorilla 4 glass last November and it boasted of twice its predecessors strength and a 25 percent reduction in thickness.