A look back at Gorilla Glass and the new version announced today

Long-time Apple supplier Corning has announced its next generation of Gorilla Glass. Here are the details as well as a look back:

Gorilla Glass Timeline:

  • 2007: Only months before launch, Steve Jobs convinces Corning to manufacture screens for the iPhone. He tells Corning's CEO “Don’t be afraid; you can do it.” - link
  • 2012: Gorilla Glass 2 - basically the same as the original, but 20% thinner - link
  • 2013: Gorilla Glass 3 - a new glass composition "with durability enhancements developed at the atomic structural level of the glass" - link
  • 2014: Gorilla Glass 4 - better damage resistance when dropped, particularly on rough surfaces - link



Further reading: Bryan Gardiner's 2012 article in Wired Glass Works: How Corning Created the Ultrathin, Ultrastrong Material of the Future