iPhone 6 launch is just hours away, but nothing can be said with surety about whether Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will reveal the iPhone 6 with a Sapphire Glass screen or not. The rumors about Sapphire glass coming to iPhone 6 sparked the debates regarding replacement of Gorilla Glass, which is mostly used in the smartphones worldwide. Comparing Gorilla and Sapphire Glass in a program on CNBC, Wendell Weeks, Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) CEO said that his company made Gorilla Glass on the demand of Steve Jobs. Weeks said that there are two reasons why mainstream companies want to work with Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW). The first, is that Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) is the best in what it does and the second is that the company keeps the secrets of its peers.
Weeks said that his company has made a lot of Sapphire Glass in the past. Sapphire glass is good because its scratch less and that’s the primary reason why it is mostly used in watches because watches are more vulnerable to scratches. He said that Sapphire glass is currently being used in more than five million phones across the world. Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW)’s CEO mentioned some of the merits of Gorilla Glass.
“[…] First of all, customers care about more than just scratch, right, they want long battery life. Gorilla Glass transmits more light, therefore uses less battery power. They don’t want their phone to break when they drop it, Sapphire tends to be more brittle, so Glass’s drop performance, Gorilla’s drop performance is much better than Sapphire […],” said Weeks.
He said that Gorilla Glass is one tenth the cost of Sapphire glass. It is also 40% lighter than Sapphire glass in terms of weight.
David E. Shaw‘s D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P is one of the shareholders of Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), having approximately 1.1 million shares of the company so far.