Sapphire Glass for smartphones is increasing in popularity due to Apple's push into this area before their partner GTAT filed for Chapter 11 surprising even Apple back in October. A new Korean report this morning is claiming that next generation smartphones from Samsung and Apple are likely to use a new glass from Corning. The new glass was first introduced as "Project Phire." Its special feature is that it adds sapphire to Corning's current Gorilla Glass that is used on most smartphones.
Sapphire is highly resistant to scratching, but is rather vulnerable to a side impact. Corning's current Gorilla Glass has a high level of strength but is vulnerable to scratches. Corning's new glass display product has all the benefits of both types of glass and is scheduled to be put on the market within this year.
Back in February, James Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies spoke to investors. Clappin stated that "We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn't fare well when dropped. 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."
Whether Corning will be able to supply Apple with this new glass in needed quantities in time for the release of next-gen iPhones this September is unknown at this time.