Corning is at CES in Las Vegas this week to unveil its next-generation Gorilla Glass, which it promises is as tough and scratch-resistant as ever, designed to withstand the “unexpected abuses of everyday life.” It’s likely to take over its predecessor in future iOS devices, helping Apple make slimmer yet stronger iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
Not only is Gorilla Glass 2 up to 20% slimmer than original Gorilla Glass — while retaining the same strength — but it also allows for brighter images and greater touch sensitivity, according to Corning.
It will make its smartphone debut on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S III later this year, but you can almost guarantee it’ll also end up in Apple’s devices sometime soon. Apple is reportedly Corning’s biggest customer, buying “practically all the Gorilla Glass Corning can make,” according to one report from David Pogue.
Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography revealed that Corning actually put Gorilla Glass on hold back in the 1960s, but continued work on it in 2007 at the request of Apple’s co-founder and former CEO.
Despite Apple’s large order, Corning still has enough Gorilla Glass to go around, with the material featuring on over 600 devices in the market today.
Check out Corning’s demo from CES: