Apple's iPhone 12 to include Corning's next generation Gorilla Glass called 'Victus' with superior Scratch & Drop Performance
Over the years, Apple has invested handsomely in their glass supplier Corning. Apple awarded Corning $200 million in May 2017 and again in 2019 with a $250 million investment. At that time Apple’s chief operating officer, Jeff Williams stated that "Apple and Corning’s rich history dates back more than a decade, and our partnership revolutionized glass and transformed the technology industry with the first iPhone." So there's little doubt that Apple will take advantage of Corning's all new Gorilla Glass Victus for future iPhones that may start with iPhone 12.
Built on more than a decade-long legacy of delivering tough glasses for smartphones, laptops, tablets, and wearables, Corning's new Gorilla Glass Victus provides consumers and OEMs with significantly better drop and scratch performance compared to competitive aluminosilicate glasses from other manufacturers.
Corning's video below is set to start as the company officially introduces Victus.
Corning notes in their press release that in three of the largest smartphone markets in the world – China, India, and the United States – durability is one of the most important purchase considerations for smartphones, second only to the device brand.
When tested against features such as screen size, camera quality, and device thinness, durability was twice as important, and consumers were willing to pay a premium for improved durability. Additionally, Corning has analyzed feedback from more than 90,000 consumers indicating that the importance of drop and scratch performance has nearly doubled in seven years.
While Apple is likely to include Corning new Gorilla Glass Victus for iPhone 12 premium models at minimum, Corning stated in their press release that Samsung will be the first major OEM to adopt Victus in their upcoming Galaxy Smartphones.
Samsung is scheduled to introduce new Galaxy smartphones during their virtual Galaxy Unpacked event to be held on August 5th.