Apple Supplier Corning Releases New Gorilla Glass for Camera Lenses

Corning, an Apple supplier known for its protective glass offerings, today announced the launch of new scratch resistant glass composite products designed for mobile device cameras.


The Corning Gorilla Glass with DX and Corning Gorilla Glass with DX+ are designed to allow professional-grade image capture through what Corning says is a combination of advanced optical performance, superior scratch resistance, and durability.

Corning says that with Gorilla Glass DX+, camera lenses can capture 98 percent of light, an improvement over a camera lens that doesn't use the technology. With more light, the intensity of ghosting is reduced.

In lab tests, Gorilla Glass DX+ was more scratch resistant than glass with a standard AR coating, and it beat out standard Gorilla Glass as well. It withstood scratch tests with up to 4kg of force, and Corning says that it approaches the scratch resistance of sapphire.

As The Verge points out, Corning has previously used DX/DX+ Gorilla Glass for smart watches.

Apple uses Corning's Gorilla Glass to protect its iPhone displays, but ‌iPhone‌ cameras are covered with sapphire crystal for protection. It is not clear if Corning's Gorilla Glass DX products for camera lenses will eventually make their way into ‌iPhone‌ models, and Corning says its first customer to adopt Gorilla Glass DX for camera lenses will be Samsung.

Apple is likely to continue using sapphire if it's the more durable option, but if Gorilla Glass DX+ offers the same protection at a lower price point, it would perhaps be feasible for the Cupertino company to switch to a new material.

Apple has provided Corning with millions of dollars for product development as part of Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund. In 2017, Corning received $200 million, and in 2019, Corning received another $250 million. Apple awarded Corning with another $45 million earlier this year, with the total funds going toward Corning's research and development into "state-of-the-art glass processes" that led to the creation of the Ceramic Shield displays used in the iPhone 12 lineup.

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Top Rated Comments

no_idea Avatar
14 months ago

Why can't they just make screens/lens covers made out of sapphire and be done with it instead of coming out with a "new and improved" version of glass each year?
$$$$$$$$$
^ that’s why
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BRZmba Avatar
14 months ago
Apple doesn’t use sapphire for their camera lens despite what they claim. Check out Jerry Rig This on YouTube where he does a Mohs hardness scratch test. All lenses scratch at a level 8. Sapphire has a Mohs hardness of 9.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
14 months ago

Why can't they just make screens/lens covers made out of sapphire and be done with it instead of coming out with a "new and improved" version of glass each year?
There are many reasons including money and weight but the biggest is probably that sapphire is very scratch resistant but more likely to shattering when dropped.

https://time.com/3377972/why-apple-didnt-use-sapphire-iphone-screens/
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lederermc Avatar
14 months ago
Why can't they just put a rim around the lens and screen so they don't touch a flat surface when laid on a flat surface. Thus greatly reducing the opportunity for getting scratched.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hoodafoo Avatar
14 months ago
Why can't they just make screens/lens covers made out of sapphire and be done with it instead of coming out with a "new and improved" version of glass each year?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JM Avatar
14 months ago
The **** Apple will use their sapphire chemical aberration over Corning if it’s more scratch resistant. They’ll go with whatever is cheapest as long as it’s “good enough”

I love Apple, but they are NOT premium anymore.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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