Apple confirms the iPhone uses Corning glass

By , Mar 2, 2012

We’ve assumed for a long time that Apple used ultra-tough Corning glass in its iOS products. Corning, a US-based company that specializes in glass and ceramics, is the maker of the popular Gorilla Glass display cover found in several devices.

Apple’s never said for sure whether or not it uses the scratch-resistant glass cover in its mobile gadgets. But that changed today when the company, possibly by accident, confirmed its relationship with Corning in its new Job Creation page

As noted by iMore, Apple seemingly let the cat out of the bag today in its new About Apple page that breaks down all of the jobs the company is currently directly, and indirectly, responsible for in the US.

The slip can be found in the page’s ‘U.S. Jobs Supported by Apple’ section:

“For example, this figure also includes workers in Texas who manufacture processors for iOS products, Corning employees in Kentucky and New York who create the majority of the glass for iPhone, and FedEx and UPS employees.”

Whoops. Perhaps no one told the page’s author that neither Apple, nor Corning, has confirmed the use of Corning’s glass in the iPhone up to this point. Which is strange considering how many other handset manufacturers tout their Gorilla Glass displays as a major feature.

Regardless, it looks like we can finally put this mystery to rest. And the next time someone brags that their device’s screen is made up of some of the toughest glass on the market, you can confidently say “me too.”

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  • http://twitter.com/SamGuichelaar Sam Guichelaar

    “Apple’s never said for sure whether or not it uses the scratch-resistant glass cover in its mobile gadgets.”

    Wait what?

    “Scratch-resistant” ?

    Like, seriously?
    After 2 days without a screenprotector this glass is damaged.

    Apple should use the Glass ( Plastic ) That old nokia Phones used :P

    • http://twitter.com/Asad_1nfam0us ᗩsad ᔕhahab (Wild ᗩ)

      I use mine w/o a screen protector, I dont you’re talking about cuz I have NO scratches on mine..
      Did you use it to knock down the pins in bowling or what?

      • Anonymous

        You’ll get micro scratches (only visible in direct light or sunlight) but that’s it. It’s ridiculously scratch proof.

      • http://twitter.com/Asad_1nfam0us ᗩsad ᔕhahab (Wild ᗩ)

        yeah true
        Thats what u get when u have an iDevice
        yay for iSwag

    • Anonymous

      Plastic in touchscreen?? This makes me remembering the old days that plastic touchscreen became very weared/scratched after being used several times with stylus. That kind of screen was horrible.

      Glass is so bad that every single smartphone manufacturer uses glass on screen (specially in their flagship models). I agree that glass on backside is something that is not unanimous (IMHO, the backside glass on iPhone is one great unique feature, because it is a hell more scratch resistant than plastic or aluminium. It has drawbacks for sure, but I love it).

      2 days and you scratched it? Be honest, you did a severe hit in the screen or dropped it in a hard and rough surface…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ishan-Mahendru/100002211147187 Ishan Mahendru

      I think you are wrong here. It’s basically the screen protector that’s gotten scratched. I never put these screen protectors since they are even more susceptible to scratches. So what i would do is, try to remove the screen protector and ‘bam’ the scratches are gone

    • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

      I have 3 year old iPhone 3gs never had a screen protector on and only about 2 little bit visible scratches…

  • Anonymous

    It’s “ultra-tough” when it isn’t used on both sides of a device, when it is you have a device that is way more likely to break. Apple’s products may be aesthetically pleasing but it was a terrible idea to put glass on the front and the back.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001783517599 Gregory D Foster

      I don’t know, my iPhone 4 has less scratches on it from 2 years of use than any other iPhone I’ve ever owned. I dropped it twice in two years, no dings or scratches.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iGeek1218 Rodney Coleman

    Wow 2days?? Lol lame fools.. I work in a machine shop… Every iPhone I had got scratched from a drop.. I never owned a case.. The coating on it helps… But only last months…

  • http://www.facebook.com/iGeek1218 Rodney Coleman

    Wow 2days?? Lol lame fools.. I work in a machine shop… Every iPhone I had got scratched from a drop.. I never owned a case.. The coating on it helps… But only last months…

  • Anonymous

    Apple never had to confirm it. Analysis done after the iPhone 4’s introduction found that the chemical makeup was identical to Gorilla Glass.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_II7BDVXIWBEWMW2OMBLMQ3I5XM Mike Lalo

    I handed an iPhone 4 to my wife when I upgrading to 4S. I dont use screen protector but use cheap ebay bumper. After over a year it is still scratch free even though its been dropped a few times.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1403115678 Michael McNamara

      I too have never used any screen protection. No scraches here. I just like the feel of my phone naked. Sometimes I’ll put a bumper on but that’s it.

  • Sam Ziaja

    if you’ve ever bothered to read steve jobs biography, it says that it used corning

  • Anonymous

    Lol… even if carning made the glass, it doesn’t have to be Gorilla glass.

    • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

      Analysis done after the iPhone 4’s introduction found that the chemical makeup was identical to Gorilla Glass.

  • Anonymous

    if it is ‘Gorilla Glass’ then why do the majority of (unscientific) droptest videos on youtube always seem to result in more damage to the iphone compared to others that proport to use the same glass?

    • http://www.facebook.com/analogesque Micke Lundgren

      That would probably have something to do with the iPhone being heavier than those other products. You know, force = mass x acceleration?

  • Anonymous

    nothing scientific but hard to argue the results

  • Ernesto Carrillo

    If u like ur screen naked leave it naked. If u like a screen protector, then use a zagg. Simple. If u want scrathes, dont use jack shit. If u dont want scrathes, protect it with something. An iphone will always be an iphone. Not a motorola defy POS!!!

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t, my family has gone threw 4 iPhone screen replacements in the last year. The glass just seems cheap to me. I have a Note that I dropped twice face down without so much as a scratch. This report might also be talking about the new iPhones and not the current crop, there’s something off about this. Why was Apple so secretive about this, when the original iPhone came out it was a big deal that they use Gorilla Glass.