As revealed a few days ago, Corning Glass has announced the release of “Gorilla Glass 2”, their improved followup to Gorilla Glass, which has been reported to have been used in many of Apple’s products.
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 the glass can be up to 20% thinner than the original and retain the same strength. If manufacturers decide to use the same thickness as previously used with the original, they will benefit from greater strength. Manufacturers have received samples of the new glass, and it should begin appearing in products during 2012.
A demo of the new Gorilla Glass at CES 2012: