It was reported earlier today that Apple claimed credit for more than 514,000 jobs in the U.S. thanks to their products, retail stores, and opportunity for developers. On Apple’s job creation page, they also revealed something they have never done before: the iPhone uses Corning Gorillas Glass.
This is not new. What is worth noting is Apple has never publicly mentioned the use of Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Readers of Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs learned about this when the book was released. Corning was sucked into the ‘reality distortion field’ when asked to have their glass produced in mass quantities within six months by Steve Jobs. Gorilla Glass was a product based on a project the company ditched back in 1960s, due to the absence of a viable market. The creation of the iPhone changed that. As per Walter Isaacson:
“We produced a glass that had never been made.” Corning’s facility in Harrisburg Kentucky, which had been making LCD displays was converted almost overnight to make gorilla glass full-time. “We put our best scientists and engineers on it, and we just made it work.”
There was no word whether Corning Gorilla Glass is used on the iPad, but it would be safe to assume it’s Gorilla glass across the board for all iOS products.