We’ve all seen Gorilla Glass. It’s a super-strong glass that’s made to resist breaking. It makes up the screen of many of our smartphones and tablets. For instance, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S have Gorilla Glass screens and backs. You can bend the crap out of the stuff and it won’t break. However, the problem comes when they are dropped. The impact is what breaks the glass, not the pressure.
Now we have Gorilla Glass 2, which was introduced by Corning (the folks who manufacture the stuff) at CES 2012. What’s in this new version of Gorilla Glass? Let’s take a closer look.
What Are Some of the Differences?
Gorilla Glass 2 is 20 percent slimmer than the previous Gorilla Glass. However, it remains just ast strong. What this means for smartphones and tablets is that they can actually be made thinner. Thinner is always welcomed when it comes to gadgets like smartphones and tablets. It’s very likely that this glass will be used for future iOS devices (perhaps the iPad 4 and the iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 or whatever).
It is also said that it offers greater touch sensitivity and brighter images.
Where Will We See It First?
Gorilla Glass 2 will hit its first smartphone later this year with the Galaxy S III. Still, it is likely to end up on Apple devices. It doesn’t seem that it will be around in time for the iPad 3, but future models and even the next iPhone are fair game for speculation.
Other Things to Know
There are some interesting factoids in the report by Cult of Mac. One of them mentions that Apple is actually Corning’s biggest Gorilla Glass customer. Supposedly, they order almost every bit of Gorilla Glass that Corning can make. That’s probably not a bad place to be considering how well Apple’s devices are doing.
Another interesting bit of information happens to come from the same report, but was originally mentioned in Walter Isaacson’s book. Corning was working on Gorilla Glass many, many years ago. This was around the 1960s. They put it on hold and didn’t continue to work on it until around 2007 when Steve Jobs reached out to them about the super-durable glass.
The Future of iOS Devices
Because Apple is the biggest buyer of Gorilla Glass, it’s no doubt that Gorilla Glass 2 will be in their future iOS devices, and perhaps more. Corning will likely continue to manufacture the glass. It will be interesting to see if they keep aiming for thinner, stronger. It may even lead to thinner iOS devices and smartphones in general.