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Corning preps 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass as iWatch rumors persist

         

Corning preps 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass as iWatch rumors persist

Sensiblephone producers are experimenting with new phone designs and getting into utterly recent product classes like smartwatches, so glass makers must observe their literal bend.

Which is why Corning introduced that it is able to manufacture 3D glass-forming technology to form its patented Gorilla Glass for curved devices in 2014.

"We will now take Gorilla Glass all of the means from flat sheet to a completed 3D-formed product in Asia, expediting turnaround instances and minimizing logistical complexity," mentioned James R. Steiner, Corning senior vice chairman and common supervisor, in a press release.

Steiner called this a win for customers, but it’s also a boon for Corning. More than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices with subtle curves to their cover glass.

Corning could come to wrists via iWatch

Buried in Corning’s press release is the mention of "wearable applications," something that its 3D-forming technology promises to wrap around in a protective manner.

That immediately brings to mind that Corning is the tough-as-nails glass supplier for Apple’s iOS devices. Gorilla Glass is thought to be found in everything from the iPhone 5S to the new iPad Air.

Apple could use Corning’s thin, but resilient glass if it unveils the iWatch later this year. A wrist-mounted wearable could be susceptible to just as many bumps and bruises as a smartphone.

The Cupertino company could also make use of 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass if it decides to launch a curved iPhone like some reports suggest for the iPhone 6.

Flat-shaped Gorilla Glass protects more than one billion devices worldwide, so Corning should be able to meet the 3D-shaped glass demands of at least one company’s wearable. We should know exactly which later this year.