Made in America: Apple fronts Corning $250 million for 'the toughest glass ever in a phone'

Made in America: Apple fronts Corning $250 million for 'the toughest glass ever in a phone'
American company, invest in American jobs! That's the new mantra with the current White House administration, and Apple happily obliged by upping its investment in Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, with a cool $250 million.

Back in 2017, Apple already fronted Corning $200 million, and now its Advanced Manufacturing Fund is giving it another quarter of a billion to spearhead the research and development of the "toughest glass on a phone." 

The iPhone 11 and Pro models apparently use Corning's toughest chemistry, just not marketed as Gorilla Glass but we'll have to wait for the first drop tests to gauge how durable is the housing of the new iPhones. 


In the press release about the investment in Corning, Apple was quick to point out the new jobs it has created with American manufacturers:


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10 Comments

1. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Good investment then.

3. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

wonder what happened to another company GT Advanced Tech Apple screwed over. Now is there any mobile company that doesn't use Corning's glasses? Samsung sold their glass operation to Corning a while back and is a major Corning shareholder.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

There's like a Dragonskin or Dragontail or something like that as an alternative to Gorilla. However, you lose marketing points by not using Gorilla because humans are basic AF.

8. mackan84

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

GT Advanced was over-promising on their capabilities to Apple, they dug their own grave. Corning doesn’t.

5. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

"....or is made with equipment from US-based suppliers." So all a Chinese plant has to do is buy one American-based machine to make a single part of an Apple product and it counts towards that statement. don't get me wrong, i'm happy that they're using the Kentucky factory for Gorilla Glass but that statement has the possibility of being incredibly misleading.

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Come onnnnn Americans.... Are you fools??? A company more than 1 trillion worth is investing measly 250 millions and you have started rocking bands of glory? This amount is a small peanut and lolly pop. If apple want to be so heroic and glorious, then ask them to invest half of their worth in USA. I bet apple will get a heart attack and die.

9. tbreezy

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Strengthened Glass and Stainless Steel, it’s amazing.

10. TheYellowFlash

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Scratches at level 6 with deeper grooves at level 7... Glass is glass and glass breaks.

11. gsg97115991

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Wasn’t that title should be “funding” ?

12. ShadowHammer

Posts: 208; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Hm, good point. "Fronts" suggests that they wouldn't be able to go forward or develop new tech without Apple's advance.

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