Future iOS Devices Could Be Slimmer But Stronger Thanks To Gorilla Glass 2 [CES 2012]



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:


[via MacRumors]

  • Clayton Galea

    Forgot thinner – Not only is Gorilla Glass 2 up to 20%*thinner* than original Gorilla Glass :)

  • David A Stephens

    More good technology developed by, and used by, industry to make products that we didn’t know we had to have them until we had them. And entirely private industry. 

    As a certain conservative big-mouth said, “Greed has fed more people than charity.” And when you think of it, he was right. Corning and Apple are making money; we get the products; it takes jobs to make them.

    Go Apple and Corning. Both intelligent companies.

  • SevanGrim

    … i woulda been more impressed if they had some much stronger dude actually breaking the glass. Seeing as to how he did not break GG1, we dont really know that GG2 is stronger. Just that its at least as durable. I guess technically that makes it stronger because its thinner, but if your upgrade and your origional both still break at 170, you still have the same problems. just pointing that out. Always a fan of stronger cell phone pieces though…