Corning already makes glass displays for smartphones, and they even make glass for automotives, and now it looks like the company wants to expand to wearables as they have recently announced the Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, a glass display that they claim to have designed for smartwatches in mind.
Now some of you guys might recall, there was a bit of a fuss regarding sapphire as a material about a year or so ago, and there were many who believed that Apple would use it for the Apple Watch (they do, just not for all models). The reason is that sapphire is a very sturdy material, but according to Corning, they believe that the Gorilla Glass SR+ will hold up just as well, if not better.
The company claims that the Gorilla Glass SR+ will be able to offer up similar scratch resistance as sapphire, and will also be 70% at damage resistance against impacts, and 25% better surface reflection, which they claim should allow for better battery life and also improved outdoor readability.
It is unclear if Corning’s Gorilla Glass SR+ will find its way to future Apple Watches, but given that Apple already relies on Ion-X glass for the Sport model and sapphire, we’re not sure that will be changing anytime soon. However Corning has stated that devices using Gorilla Glass SR+ will be on the market very soon.