Gorilla Glass Subjected to MythBusters Strength Test [VIDEO]

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In case you were wondering how strong your iPhone’s display is, the guys from MythBusters have an answer for you. You may already know that Apple used Gorilla Glass with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and that the devices performed decently in this years’ drop tests.

In a video sponsored by Corning, the manufacturer of Gorilla Glass, the duo from the MythBusters TV show, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, perform a number of torture tests to show off the strength of the glass we touch numerous times every day when playing with the iPhone (via Business Insider).

First, Savage takes a dated smartphone and scratches it with a key, and, as expected, the device doesn’t fare well. Next, there’s a “drop” test, accomplished by dropping a weight onto the phone rather than throwing it at the ground (for the sake of consistency). The result is a smartphone with a completely destroyed display.

For comparison, Savage applies the same tests to an Android phone (unfortunately not an iPhone) that uses the same Gorilla Glass Apple uses on its popular handset. The results: no scratch and no shattered display, even after the drop test.

The torture test continues with Corning’s experimental windshield, which is not yet on the market. The duo shoots an airgun at both a regular and Gorilla Glass windshield. The results are astonishing.

You can watch the 10-minute experiment below.

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  • FragilityG4

    Cool! I like the mythbusters … I wonder why they wouldn’t make the windshield out of two layers of gorilla glass?

  • Al

    Perhaps it’s way too expensive.

    Which is probably also why their current prototype isn’t on the market. I wouldn’t pay extra for it, as I’ve never personally experienced a stone chip sending glass fragments flying on the inside of a windshield.

    If an entire gorilla glass windshield was completely chip proof (under typical conditions), I would maybe pay up to 3 times as much for the gorilla glass. But I have a feeling the actual price would be significantly higher., so I suspect it will never make it to market (with the possible exception of very high-end cars).

  • Chrome262

    That is what I was thinking, Maybe because of the way it would shatter and then lessen the strength of the film? or as Al said the price. But as demand increases it could drop in price.

  • Chrome262

    humm what if its just the market. Lets say they did make it double Gorilla glass, and it was lighter and offered scratch and chip protection. The chances of you replacing it over time is less then the other “B” glass, hence in the long run costing companies more money in lost revenue.

  • Al

    They were clearly following a script and performing standard tests. That is so NOT the mythbusters I am familiar with. Although they like to do tests that produce consistent results, they usually try to make the tests more “real world” than these silly staged tests. I was disappointed in them for doing this.

  • Chrome262

    yeah, they would of used the sledge to show the max result. They always test to complete failure. They even mentioned that if they up the speed they would expect failure. Leading me to believe that they did it, but wasn’t good for an ad. But hey they got a boatload of cash

  • Al

    Yup… “planned obsolescence” is also a factor in every product.

  • Chrome262

    Thanks, couldn’t remember the term, its why LED took so long to come to market on cars.

  • FragilityG4

    And good for them they deserve the cash! Educate, entertain and blow s**t up!

  • Chrome262

    I just want their jobs.

  • Bob

    “unfortunately not an iPhone” um, why would I ever get an iPhone?

  • FragilityG4

    Couldn’t agree more!

  • hub2

    Also wonder why they made the “outside” layer (the side that was struck) traditional rather than Gorilla glass. Doesn’t it make more sense to have the Gorilla glass on the outside, if the goal is to prevent road debris damage that’d mean replacing the entire windshield anyway? Maybe they’re trying to prevent flying bits and shards if the inside layer is shattered, but if Gorilla is the outside layer the chances of that are already lowered.

  • Shorty_dammit

    It’s a Corning commercial, not an episode of Mythbusters.

  • Al

    Duh
    My point was… They discredited themselves by selling out their “mythbusters” persona, by being puppets of a corporate staged presentation that would yield the most favourable results for a product.

  • Al

    You wouldn’t… You’re just not that intelligent.

  • Al

    Gorilla glass can’t stop a stone at 120mph. Did you see that silly little ball drop test? How fast was that pathetic test… 2mph? Therefore, the same supposed problem of glass shattering on the inside would still happen.

  • Scotte

    I agree, silly article, and iPhones are not very good devices either.