When Apple announced the iPhone 12 series of phones last week, one of the specifications I mentioned in the announcement event was that all models will contain a new layer of protection called (Ceramic Shield) To improve durability even further, which according to Apple’s description is four times more durable in drop tests compared to the iPhone 11.
The (Ceramic Shield) layer is the equivalent of the protection layer of Gorilla Glass Victus that Samsung provided in the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and Apple developed it in cooperation with the company (Corning) that also manufactures Gorilla Glass.
Apple says of the (Ceramic Shield): “It is made of glass filled with nano-ceramic crystals that make it lightweight, stiffer, and resistant to heat and electricity.”
But will this layer spare you from using a screen protector and an external protective case with your iPhone 12?
Looking at the other leading competing phones, we find that many of them come with a back made of ceramic or contain a ceramic protection layer, such as: the Galaxy S10 Plus from Samsung, which came a version that includes (Gorilla Glass 6) on the front and a back made of ceramic . This version has succeeded in most of the drop tests that were conducted on it, but at high altitude some cracks and scratches appeared in the screen and the sides of the phone as well as the bottom edges, and this is what is expected to happen when conducting durability tests for the iPhone 12 as well.
However, you should not take this as a sign that the case and screen protector are not necessary, rather it is necessary that you consider at least purchasing the case. Because if it was Certainly, the screen will not be broken, the back of the phone is made of glass, and Apple has not announced that it used a protective layer on the back of the phone.
Apple announced that the protection layer called (Ceramic Shield) is present on the front of the iPhone 12 phones, meaning to protect the screen only, and according to Apple, the back of the iPhone 12 is made of glass, so if we assume that the phone fell from you and that the (Ceramic Shield) layer has protected The screen from breakage or cracking, there will certainly be an impact on the back of the phone made of glass.
Finally, Apple described the new layer of protection as only four times stronger but did not say that it is not unbreakable.
All this tells you that protecting the new iPhone 12 you want to buy with a screen protector and an external case, or at least using only an external case is absolutely necessary to protect the phone from Any damage that may be caused by falling or hitting a hard object.