Confirmed: Apple Uses Corning’s Gorilla Glass in iPhones

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on the Gorilla Glass, after it first entered the smartphone component business with the original iPhone, and debuted a newer version of the glass at CES, early this year, which is 20% thinner than the original Gorilla Glass but still retains the same strength.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.

Gorilla Glass 2

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.

[via iMore]

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  • BS-Caller

    FIRST…this glass is BS

    • jdb

      Are you really calling first? Ah, to be a 12 year old little girl…

      • tetra

        shes the FIRST stupid here

  • sliddon

    its a shame the lcd behide it cant take the same stress when glued to the glass so ends up binned anyway

    • Shaun

      I totally was thinking that very thing! And they bend the glass to test, when it’s shock and sharp objects that causes shatter!!!! Not bending, the phones body prevents that type of stress!

  • Sai Soe aung

    We like that.

  • Yes I guess we knew that already but whole point of this demo is pressure damage. Now think about variants when your phone gets damage by pressure, well you may seat on it but usually you dropping the damn thing now this is totally different ball game. If I am not mistaking this is stress damage and have nothing to do with pressure. Give me a glass that you can drop from 6 foot on concrete and nothing happens then we’ll talk. On another side of the story is scratch proof and I think iPhone is somewhat scratch proof but it’s good idea to get screen protector, always. I may be wrong on some of the points but in general you’re getting where I’m coming from.

  • ron

    This glass blsh*t agree ‘ i replaced already mine ‘ but my sisters s2 got nothing after drops

  • that would been good if apple will use it

  • fas

    If so, why is it not that strong?