We’ve all been there. You go to take your new iPhone out of your purse or pocket and it accidentally goes flying. When your heart finally stops racing, you frantically check to see if the screen is cracked.
If you’re lucky, there’s no problem. If you’re not? Well, you’ll likely have to take the phone to a repair shop and get it fixed before you can use it again, which costs additional time and money.
The good news is that Apple understands that this is a problem for most people. That’s why they’ve made the new iPhone 12’s with a special coating called Corning Ceramic Shield. Here’s what you need to know and why it matters.
What is Corning Ceramic Shield?
Think back to the dishes in your kitchen cabinet. Remember good ‘ole CorningWare that won’t break, even if you drop it? Well, that’s essentially the same technology that Apple has added to the screens of their new phones.
Developed by Corning, the combination of ceramic and glass used on iPhone screens is now four times as resistant to cracking after being dropped. It’s listed as the toughest smartphone screen on the market, which is stronger than the Gorilla Glass screen available on some Android phones.
And, while you might think of ceramic as being white or opaque, new technology has made it clear for ease of viewing.
Ceramic or Glass? What’s the Difference?
This is where we could get highly technical, but we will try to keep things as simple as possible. Where old iPhone models used to use a form of glass as a screen, the new version utilizes a form of clear ceramic.
In most cases, ceramic is one of the toughest coating materials out there. Car enthusiasts use it to protect vehicle paint jobs and it is used in manufacturing on a regular basis due to its added durability, which is markedly stronger than glass.
Using ceramic as a phone screen coating makes a huge difference and is really a smart move on behalf of Apple.
Is the iPhone 12 Screen Truly Unbreakable?
While it is definitely much stronger than previous models, the screen on the iPhone 12 isn’t exactly unbreakable. Much like your CorningWare dishes, dropping the phone from just the right angle can still cause cracking. After all, never say never.
It is also more prone to scratches, especially if you’re constantly pulling it in and out of a pocket or purse on a regular basis. That means you’ll still want to have some sort of case for added security against those accidental moments.
The Final Verdict
If you’re concerned about breaking or cracking your phone screen on a regular basis, iPhone 12’s ceramic screen is definitely a benefit. Not only does this allow you to keep your smartphone in pristine condition longer, it helps prevent additional costs associated with getting your screen replaced after an accident.
In short, the ceramic screen is a good thing to be excited about.