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Sunday, 16 June 2019

Counterclockwise: the rise of Gorilla Glass and how it changed the phone industry

Back in 2007 a certain CEO got annoyed that the screen of his prototype phone got scratched up in his pocket. So, mere weeks before unveiling it, he decided to swap the plastic cover of the screen for chemically-strengthened glass. Plastic was the standard back in the day, it had done a good job for years. But that wasn't good enough for Steve Jobs. His decision changed the mobile landscape and made Gorilla Glass the standard. It is produced by Corning, which has a long history in specialty glass. It made the Pyrex cookware. It made the glass for the Hubble telescope's main mirror. It...

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