Apple’s new iPhone 12 comes with a ceramic-hardened display

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Apple is taking the wraps off its new iPhone 12 lineup today, and a standout feature of the new iPhone 12 is a ceramic-hardened display named Ceramic Shield. Apple says the use of glass-ceramic in the phone’s design makes it “tougher than any smartphone glass,” with four times greater resistance to damage from drops.

Apple isn’t the first to incorporate glass-ceramic into its smartphones. This is a material that is tough, lightweight, and “virtually impervious to heat and electricity,” according to glass-ceramic manufacturer Corning (which Apple says it worked with on the display). The Essential Phone, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix series, and Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus all have ceramic panels on the rear (optional on the Galaxy), but Apple has differentiated itself by using the material in the device’s display.

Apple is thought to be taking the wraps off three other iPhones today, and we’ll update this story when we know if they also share the same Ceramic Shield display.

Developing… we’re adding more to this post, but you can follow along with our Apple iPhone 12 live blog to get the news even faster.

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