How Steve Jobs got Corning to revive their, then-shelved, “gorilla glass” product for the iPhone is well documented in Jobs’ biography. However, there has been no official admission outside the book, from either of these companies about their relationship.
While Apple has used Corning’s Gorilla in the first few generations of the iPhone, it hasn’t been clear if Apple is using Gorilla Glass in iPhone 4 and now the iPhone 4S.
Apple seems to have confirmed that it does, in the newly posted “Job Creation” page, where Apple says that it has created more than 500,000 jobs in the U.S., directly or indirectly.
An extract from the page:
Corning employees in Kentucky and New York who create the majority of the glass for iPhone
The page, however, doesn’t mention the iPad, or the iPod touch for that matter. Also surprising: Corning didn’t figure in Apple’s list of suppliers, which the company released as a part of its supplier responsibility program.
Corning continued working on the Gorilla Glass, after it first entered the smartphone component business with the original iPhone, and debuted a newer version of the glass at CES, early this year, which is 20% thinner than the original Gorilla Glass but still retains the same strength.
Now that Apple has come out in the open about their relationship with Corning, it is quite possible that Apple has used the Gorilla Glass 2 for the iPad 3, which will be unveiled by Apple on the 7th of this month. Despite Corning making the glass thinner, the iPad 3 is rumored to be thicker than the iPad 2, which is rumored to be due to the Retina Display.
Here’s a video showing to what extent can the Gorilla Glass withstand load:
Another interesting tidbit: The job creation page, sort of, confirms Reuters’ scoop about Apple collaborating with Samsung to manufacture the A5 chip in Texas:
[the five hundred thousand] figure also includes workers in Texas who manufacture processors for iOS products
On the same web page, Apple adds, seven thousand people would be working on Apple’s new spaceship-like campus in Cupertino, when construction begins.