When it comes to chemically-hardened glass, we smartphone types are definitely fans. When it comes to making our glass-fronted smartphones more durable, Corning has always been at the forefront, and their latest revelation in the form of Gorilla Glass 3 will prove to be even more of a protective force between our LCDs and the harsh world we live in.
We dropped in on Corning to check out their new Gorilla Glass 3, and in their demonstrations it lived up to the pre-show announcement hype. Gorilla Glass 3 is tougher in all forms when compared to its competition and even its predecessor in the form of Gorilla Glass 2. It can withstand greater impact force, is harder to scratch, and can stand up to forces that are capable of denting equally-thick steel. It's tough stuff, folks.
Now, Apple has admitted to using Gorilla Glass in the iPhone, but as always, they never mention specifics. If we get an iPhone 5S sometime this year, what are the odds it'll be fronted by Gorilla Glass 3?
This time last year we were in Las Vegas, checking out CES 2012 when Corning decided to show off Gorilla Glass 2 in their booth. The demo of the 20% stronger yet 20% thinner chemically-hardened glass was impressive, but they've got something even better in store for next week at CES 2013: Gorilla Glass 3. According to Engadget, version three of Gorilla Glass is touted to be three-times more scratch resistant over its predecessor, while also offering up forty percent fewer visible scratches. In other words, it's straight-up tougher to scratch.
Apple's just-posted job creation page actually says the iPhone uses Corning glass. It's been one of the worst kept secrets in mobile technology, with Apple never admitting to using it and Corning would never admitting to Apple using it. (We've asked them every year at CES and gotten nothing but nervous smiles and subject changes in return.) Former Apple employees have mentioned it, but there's been no official confirmation of it. Until now.
Corning employees in Kentucky and New York who create the majority of the glass for iPhone
Former Apple product manager, Bob Brochers, recently gave a lecture to students about how the original iPhone was realized by a small team of engineers that Steve Jobs put together. MacNN went over some of the talking points:
Gorilla Glass 2 won't say anything about any connection to Apple or Apple products, but live at CES 2012, they're more than happy to share details of their new, 20% thinner, every bit as strong new Gorilla Glass 2.0. Now 20% may not sound like a big deal but a lot of device weight comes from adding glass components to devices and when you shed off 20% you're removing not only thickness but weight as well, giving manufacturers the ability to create lighter, thinner products.