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CES 2012: Gorilla Glass 2 to Allow for Thinner Stronger Phones

Corning officially announced their followup to Gorilla Glass today at CES 2012.

Apple has previously used the strengthened glass in their iOS devices. In 2010, David Pogue relayed a claim from a scientist that Apple was the #1 customer for Gorilla Glass and buys "practically all the Gorilla Glass that Corning can make." At least parts of the story were confirmed in Steve Jobs' biography. Corning reportedly shelved the idea for Gorilla Glass back in the 1960s but revived the project at the request of Steve Jobs in 2007. The original iPhone launched with the damage-resistant glass, though there has been some debate about whether it still is being used in their most recent models. Corning, of course, has never acknowledged Apple's usage but says that due to "customer agreements", they can't identify all devices that use their Gorilla Glass.

The new version of Gorilla Glass can be up to 20% thinner than the original and still retain the same strength. Alternatively, manufacturers could continue to use the same thickness, and benefit from greater strength. Manufacturers have already received samples of the new Gorilla Glass so it should start appearing in consumer products in 2012.

Here's a hands on demo at CES of the strength of the new Gorilla Glass:


The additional thinness offered by Gorilla Glass 2 is also said to result in brighter images and better touch responsiveness.

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37 months ago
Although it's impressive, I don't think slowly applying pressure to the glass is the most common real world scenario people are concerned about.
Show an impact test.
Rating: 11 Votes
37 months ago

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Corning officially announced (http://www.corninggorillaglass.com) their followup to Gorilla Glass today at CES 2012.

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I think this is tremendously cool for Corning (both the company and the town in Upstate New York) and for public awareness of glass and materials properties in general. (OK, I admit it, I'm a bit of an engineering geek.)

I already knew the "we found this in our archives" story with respect to Gorilla Glass. It would be fascinating (to me, at least) to know how the story proceeded from there. I can only imagine, "Hey, Bob, remember that tough old glass we made back then? There might be an application for that ..." and then, once it becomes clear that the market wants it, "Hey, you know, we did shelf this back then, but maybe we could make it even better!"

And, sadly, much of this can't happen if there aren't age-old scientists somewhere in the company who can still *remember* that wild-ass experimental result from "back in the day".
Rating: 6 Votes
37 months ago
It's 2012. Why are videos like this still shot at the video quality of the iPhone 3G?!?
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago
Its not just one guy. Everyone who uses gorilla glass in their handsets (like Samsung) makes a point of saying so.

Apple has never claimed to use gorilla glass in the iphone line. Most people have come to the conclusion that apple is not using gorilla glass for iphones because of widespread problems with shattering/cracks/etc with iphones.

People who insist that the iphone does use gorilla glass (such as yourself?) are doing so on supposition.

For all any of us know, Apple is using the gorilla glass in their Macbook Airs or iPads or something.

Only a few people know for sure...and they ain't talking.
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago

If the same thickness creates brighter images then why not reduce power consumption by reducing light and have same great image but longer battery life and less heat..


Go to Settings > Brightness and adjust it.... :cool:
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago
OkOkOkOkOkOkOkOkOkOk:eek:

They should have equipment to actually go up to where it breaks, only then it's possible to compare, still good to see they improve.
Rating: 3 Votes
37 months ago
You do know this glass is in iPhones but does not prevent it getting shattered. Glass still is glass

Look at this movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-GOwtikSO0

The reason why it shatters is because the corners of the glass is not covered. If the corners receive a blow no matter how strong the glass is. It will shatter.

You can see how strong the glass is of iPhone 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoT6VIxP-Y4

This is why a bumber on iPhone 4(s) (that covers the corners of a glass) will prevent it from damaging the glass that easily. Even tough the front and back is wide open
Rating: 3 Votes
37 months ago

Twice the strength is twice the strength, no matter whether it's bending or buckling...


You obviously didn't go to a technical university.
Rating: 2 Votes
37 months ago

Twice the strength is twice the strength, no matter whether it's bending or buckling...


This is so wholly incorrect I literally died after I read it.
Rating: 2 Votes
37 months ago

It was used in previous iPhones-can't argue that. I don't beleive it is used on the 4 or 4S. Comparing the glass to other known Gorilla Glassed phones, the glass on the 4 and 4S feels and looks different. Look at the glass with screen off at different angles in different lighting. It's clear that two GGed phones look the same, the 4 and 4S do not look similar to known GGed screens.


Do those other phones you looked at have an airspace under the glass, as most touch devices do? One of the technical achievements with the iPhone 4 and 4S was having the gapless glass layer. That’s why the retina display seems more like you’re touching the image, and not touching somewhere vaguely “above” the image like most touchscreens. A nice subtle improvement.

If the other phone models you've look at are not gapless, then the iPhone 4/4S's Gorilla Glass is bound to look different. (Plus the layer right under the glass—the retina display itself—is bound to have a different surface look even when turned off.) Not to mention, surface coatings are not the same on all phones.

What other Gorilla Glass phone models are you referring to, that look different?
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