In 2007, a famous CEO complained to his employees that his smartphone’s screen was scratched because of putting keys with the phone in his pocket. Afterward, the CEO discovered that they could actually use glass material for a smartphone’s screen, instead of plastic material. Since then, Gorilla glass has been used in the smartphone industry.
The CEO who had this amazing discovery was Steve Job – Apple’s legendary chief executive officer. And that screen-scratched phone was the prototype of the first 2G iPhone. This was the first generation of iPhone that Apple released in 2007. At that time, Steve Jobs called Corning and persuaded them to return to the Gorilla Glass project. This tempered glass project was forgotten for a long time. However, Steve Jobs’s efforts made a change for both Corning and smartphone world.
Corning is one of America’s oldest companies, founded in 1851.
We have related Corning with Gorilla Glass for over 10 years. However, so little do people know that Corning is one of America’s oldest companies. Corning was founded in 1851. Which means it has the staggering age of 168 years old. The company’s original name was Corning Glass Works; its headquarters were based in New York.
Corning specialized mainly in the Development and Production of glass products, ceramics, and optical materials for industries. Surprisingly, Corning also used to produce household products such as Pyrex glassware, ceramic bowls for Corelle, Vitrelle brand. And to top it all, Corning was also the Company responsible for making the Space Telescope Hubble’s Glass pieces. They helped with the production of NASA’s shuttle ships’ windows, and glass balls for Thomas Edison’s first electric light bulbs.
This long-lived Glass company has maintained 5 main businesses so far: screen technology, environmental technology, life science, optical communication, and special materials. Corning had a major financial loss for 5 consecutive years from 2002, right until in 2007, when the company started making a profit again. And thanks to Steve Jobs, the company was able to stand on its feet again. Consequently, the firm was one of the reasons for the success of the iPhone.
In 2008, Only the iPhone 3G, and the first Android phone T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) kept using Gorilla Glass. Later on, this tempered glass started to get the attention of other phone companies over the years. Right until Samsung i9810 Omnia HD, Nokia X6 started to use the Gorilla Glass as well, years later. Even cheap phone as Samsung S3650 Corby, LG BL40 New Chocolate. In 2010, over 200 million smartphones used Gorilla Glass for the screens.
The development of Corning’s Gorilla Glass.
In 2012, in order to follow the trend of development, Corning launched the Gorilla Glass 2 with 20% thinner than the first generation but still as durable. Since then, Corning has launched a newer generation of Gorilla Glass every year. In 2013, the Gorilla Glass 3 improved in terms of reflection and fingerprint reduction. In 2014, the fourth generation improved impact resistance. Afterward, Critics started to criticize the fifth generation for being easy to scratch and having poor strength. Finally, the Gorilla Glass 6 was public news as it was the first to withstand a fall from high ground.
For some time, the two giants, Apple and Gorilla, stopped cooperating, when Apple started using the ion-reinforced glass on iPhone 6. However, they soon came back again after the company that was responsible for Apple’s production on iPhone 6’s glass went bankrupt.
Other brands beside Corning?
Currently, besides Corning, we have a new firm Asahi with Dragontrail Glass – another type of durable tempered glass. Mainly other phone models such as Pixel 3a, Sony’s Xperia Z relied on this brand. And there are a lot of other brands with toughened glass that have started appearing nowadays in the market.
However, Gorilla Glass has always been the norm, and you can try to imagine how fragile a mobile phone like “Galaxy fold” would be, without the infamous tempered Gorilla Glass. Corning is focusing right now on developing a Gorilla Glass solution for folding screen devices. This even includes a special version for wearable devices, TVs, and even developing glass with strange surfaces such as wood, and stone flowers, carbon fiber for manufacturers to apply on the back of the phone, laptop cover to make a difference on the product.
Compared to the number of 200 million devices in 2010, currently, 6 billion devices are using Gorilla Glass.