Chances are you read the iFixit iPhone 4 teardown yesterday. These teardowns have become somewhat legendary, and quite honestly, I do very much look forward to them any time a new device is on the cusp of arrival. The iPhone 4 teardown offered up a few surprises for us, including the following:
- The LCD is glued against the front glass
- 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
- 512 MB of RAM
- easy-to-replace 1420 mAh battery
The front glass panel of the iPhone is constructed of Corning Gorilla Glass, a chemically strengthened alkali-aluminosilicate thin sheet glass that is reported to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic.
Gorilla Glass holds many advantages as the iPhone 4’s front panel including its high resistance to wear and increased strength from a strengthening process.
Sounds all good to me. Although, quite honestly, I haven’t had any issues with scratching or marking on the glass of previous-gen iPhones. I’m probably not as hard on it as many users are (even though I typically don’t keep it in a case, or anything!). If you’re of the type that throws your iPhone in your pocket with your car keys and other various sharp and/or pointy objects, it’s looking like the iPhone 4 will stand up to your abuse. At least, in comparison to previous gen iPhones.
So how long until we see folks taking pictures and video, trying to bust the iPhone 4 front glass and display for all to see? Oh wait, we’ve already seen that. My bad.