Do you need a screen protector for iPhone 13?

With the roll-out of three new iPhones, Apple will continue using ceramic shields introduced with the launch of the iPhone 12. The company said before this feature was their “biggest jump ever in durability.” Is this to say that the screens on more recent iPhones won’t break as much? Do you still need to buy a protector?

Even though the iPhone 13 display is tougher than ever, I believe someone will find a way to crack it. Drop tests and other video content should start popping up soon- watch out for any vloggers with cutting tools which might be looking for some extreme footage of themselves!

What is Ceramic Shield, and why it’s tougher?

The new iPhones use glass-ceramics, a type of glass that then transforms into nearly completely crystalline ceramic. Corning, the company behind Gorilla Glass, has worked with Apple on this new type of glass. Corning says this happens under intense heat application with carefully controlled ingredients that form seeds for crystals to grow on top of it; these added agents also serve as “nucleating” elements so they can create larger building blocks when needed. This advanced formulation is used for the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro. However, it is still glass and that means it retains the properties that make it prone to scratches. The screen has a Mohs mineral hardness rating between 5 and 6, and just like any glass, it can be scratched by objects that measure at or above 6 Mohs.
What’s the deal with that? It sounds like something you’d read on a computer science thesis. Let me explain. What does this mean for your phone if you drop it?

The bad news is that Ceramic Shield does not make the display bulletproof; therefore, you will still need a screen protector.
Even though “Ceramic” is used in its name, it’s still glass after all, and this means it retains the characteristics that make it vulnerable to scratches. The screen has a Mohs mineral hardness rating of between 5 and 6, and objects can damage it with a Mohs scale value of 6 or higher.
If you’re still hesitant about getting a screen protector for your new phone, consider the fact that replacing a damaged Ceramic Shield on an iPhone 13 would be considerably more expensive than repairing a broken shield on an iPhone 11.

So…

Do I still need a screen protector for the new iPhone 13 models?

The iPhone 13, Mini and Pro models have better break resistance, but they will scratch easily. Protecting the screen from scratches and such a screen protector can be an option worth considering for those who want to protect their investment in this costly device.

Is iPhone 13 waterproof?

The iPhone 13 is waterproof, which is another indication of how long it will last. It’s also water-resistant and has an IP68 ingress protection rating. The second digit is generally the most important since it indicates water resistance. It is marked with the letter’ 8,’ which implies that it can be submerged underwater at one meter or more depth. The first number refers to dust resistance, and the iPhone 13’s ‘6’ grade is the greatest possible, implying that no dust can get in. It’s not unusual for a high-end smartphone to have such a high rating.

Is The Ceramic Shield Available On Other Phone Brands?

In fact, ceramic crystal technology has been available for quite a long time. The iPhone 12 was not the first phone to feature this technology.

Other smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus or the Xiaomi Mi Mix series, also come with glass-ceramics. However, their coating mostly featured on the back cover, while Gorilla glass was used at the front. In contrast, Apple uses glass-ceramics on the iPhone 13 line to protect the screen

Hope you got all your questions answered. Do you have any other questions about this technology? Please share them with us in the comments!

Source:
https://www.corning.com/worldwide/en/innovation/materials-science/ceramics.html
https://appleworld.today/2020/10/26/do-the-iphone-12-models-need-screen-protectors/
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/iphone-12-scratch-drop-test-ceramic-shield-durability/

About S. Santos

I am a tech columnist and blogger by trade, but I'm also an avid tennis player. In my spare time, I enjoy reviewing gadgets and gizmos from the world of tech. A lot has changed in the field since I started out as a writer back in 2009, so it's always exciting to keep up with all that's new. To me, there's nothing quite like getting my hands on a brand-new gadget or piece of software for the first time -- it's like Christmas morning every day!

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