CES 2014: Corning Announces Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass
Today at CES, Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, announced that they will be making antimicrobial screens. This new glass will have ionic silver, which will not allow growth of any bacteria or organisms.
Corning’s Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass inhibits the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria because of its built-in antimicrobial property, which is intrinsic to the glass and effective for the lifetime of a device,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “This innovation combines best-in-class antimicrobial function without compromising Gorilla Glass properties. Our specialty glass provides an excellent substrate for engineering antimicrobial and other functional attributes to help expand the capabilities of our Corning Gorilla Glass and address the needs of new markets.
Right now it is currently unknown if future iPhones will adopt this new glass or not. From what we're seeing, it looks like Apple will go with GT Advanced Technologies and develop sapphire glass. You can read more of Corning's article about the new glass here.