Apple confirms Corning is making the glass on iPhones

Apple confirms Corning is making the glass on iPhones
If you know a bit about Apple or if you’ve read some of the recent Steve Jobs biographies, you probably thought that it’s a well known fact that the iPhone uses Corning Glass for its tough screen. Surprisingly, Apple never confirmed this officially, and even omitted the New York-based company from its 2011 list of suppliers.

Now, though, Cupertino has finally verified that it’s indeed using the company’s rugged glass technology in a statement about the over half a million jobs Apple has created.

"Corning employees in Kentucky and New York who create the majority of the glass for iPhone," Apple credits the company in its Job Creation report.

So there you have it - no surprises in the glass used in the iPhone and one more confirmation of Apple's commitment to creating US jobs.

source: Apple via Engadget

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29 Comments

1. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

actually, corning have moved the production to china next to the foxconn factories that make the iphone so, it is not shipped there and then back.

7. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

thats not a shocker

2. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

That was so anticlimactic....

3. dragonnub99

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

what about ipod touch?

6. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

no, its not even the same. you can see it is different with the viewing angles and the back of it is way different.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Interesting; of course, they don't take advantage of Gorilla glass by actually having a FRACKING BEZEL around it. A bezel would decrease the amount of broken iPhone claims by a huge percentage I'm sure.

17. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

bezel or no bezel, it won't make a difference.. it was not specified that iPhone uses gorilla glass.. it just uses a product by corning, which manufactures a lot of glass type, and not just gorilla.. it's like saying if i use an apple product, it doesn't mean that i use iPhone, i could be using the first generation iPod Nano maybe..

5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Does this mean the iPhone, too, can be put in the MiCrowAve?

8. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

there is a catch to this there is no word in the article that says its gorilla glass

15. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

yeah, corning is glass manufacturer that has different products, one of them is gorilla glass.. i'm not sure that iPhone uses gorilla glass.. unless, of course, there is a confirmation that it really uses it, and not just a product from corning..

25. spoonb1

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

I can almost assure you that iphones don't utilize gorilla glass, as i see them come in shattered each and every single day. Plus our on-floor demo 4s units are scratched all to hell, which of course is one of the key features of gorilla glass... it's scratch resilience. it may be made by corning, but it scratches and shatters far too easy to be gorilla glass. shame, as this would definitely reduce the amount of iphones that shatter since the 4 and 4s glass on both sides and have no surrounding bezel. oh well, makes a case an easy sale since they break so easy

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so according to apple, apple is single handedly responsible for keeping corning employees employed. their report is such BS its not funny. Using that logic, just by eating breakfast I am responcible for probably thousands of jobs between the farmers,factories, distribution, grocery store, the car i bought to get there, the gas i bought, the farm equipment suppliers, the mechanics that keep the machines at the factories rollin, the truck drivers, on and on and on. Sorry apple, you only get to count your direct employees, and your chinese slaves as direct beneficiaries since that factory is run under indirect apple supervision.

11. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Let's not forget about the other fishes Apple is feeding: lawyers, judges, ITC and USPTO.

12. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

"so according to apple, apple is single handedly responsible for keeping corning employees employed. their report is such BS its not funny. " It never said that in the article.

13. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

In fact, right from Apple's website, "As a result, we’ve created or SUPPORTED more than 500,000 jobs for U.S. workers: from the engineer who helped invent the iPad to the delivery person who brings it to your door."

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats the same logic and math that Obama uses to try to say the stimulus worked, when it was a huge failure "created or saved". Its a total immeasurable LIE. And if every company used that logic, companys would be showing millions of workers each. My god, what could Exxon show as "created or supported"? BILLIONS since everyone runs on gas/energy/plastics/polys/all sorts of alloys/medicines/ect that are oil derived. Its a stupid argument meant to pull eyes away from foxconn and give them some false positive press at a time when they are dangerously close to losing that huge media support they have always had.

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

then why is Apple blamed for what happens with supplier.. should Foxxconn have rules that not even vendors can brake... so in your mind Apple is not responsible for suppliers buty is responsible for Foxconn.. wow.. show me proofs that Apple is reposnsible for the deaths and suicides... i mean the work for Foxcconn right?.. from relibel sources.. mr.. I only bi&&* about but dont do nothing...

21. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Once in a great while I agree with you gallitoking. That's ultimately what I was getting at. Apparently, suppliers aren't apart of Apple until they do something seen as bad or wrong.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Then you didnt read my whole comment. Apple gets flack for Foxconn because Foxconn has said directly that their large suppliers like Apple and MS dictate the working conditions and salaries at their plants. Apple is also well known to be extraordinarily controlling of its supply partners that deal with the sensitive parts of their chain, like Foxconn. I read somewhere.. on here I think.. that foxconn operates at like a 2% profit margin at those plants, while apple's profit per iphone is around 70%. If foxcon wants to raise the salaries of their employees more than a few cents, then they will have to renegotiate with Apple to get more money. If apple doesnt go for it, then the slaves get no raise. That is NOT the same thing as trying to take credit for "supporting" FedEx and Corning Jobs.

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow so now they are slaves.. to you... if you care so much for them at have more respect.. they are hard workers...

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, they are slaves. They work at foxconn because its the only place out there in what is mostly rural farming communities. They go there trying to find a better life and instead are forced into what is basically indentured servitude, lest they get permanently blacklisted as a "trouble maker" and are never able to get another job... or if they speak up they get thrown in jail for an undetermined amount of time, like those poor slaves at the MS Xbox factory that tried to get attention by threatening mass suicide... just so they could get the workers better working conditions. They were immediately fired and jailed after being lied to. forced indentured servitude is slavery. Keep turning your blind eye and encouraging apple-foxconn to continue the madness. I will fight and annoy you every step of the way.

29. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

"forced into what is basically indentured servitude"? WTF? that undermines the severity of slavery, that is a slap in the face to all that have over came slavery. as much i don't like apple, i will defend economics 101. the employees at foxconn actually wants to work there (because they need money), they actually get paid better than a lot of other jobs (better than farming and hard labor), foxconn is not a even close to being sweat shop.. with 1.6 billion people in china, any job beside hard labor is a good job; now, i'm not saying they treat their employee good compared to our standards, but, we are judging from a western perspective. you should also watch the cbs tour of foxconn

27. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

one of the best coments Ive read in this site.

10. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

They may be using Corning's glass, but it's not Gorllia Glass, the iPhone 4 is proof of that.

16. Adianshadows

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I agree with TKFox007. As a verizon rep i see countless people come in with iPhones with no screen protector and its scratched to hell from change or keys where as my DROID with no screen protector might have one or two from dropping it, not from my keys. There is a difference!!!!

18. conscious

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Thanks Apple for using the highest quality to build your phones. Apple was responsible for Corning coming into the cell phone game and thanks to Apple we have gorilla glass. Apple is THE model of an innovative and successful US company. Americans should be proud.

22. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

apple is succesful, no doubt. but innovative? i havent seen any of that lately. well maybe in the courtroom. recycling old phone and tablet designs doesnt seem innovative to me.

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