“You may not know it, but your smartphone or tablet probably uses Corning’s damage-resistant Gorilla Glass already,” Doug Aamoth reports for TIME Magazine. “The existence of Gorilla Glass as a consumer product came about as a result of the original iPhone.”

“As the story goes, Jobs flew to Corning, New York to meet with Corning CEO Wendell Weeks and explained that he wanted the iPhone’s screen to be made of glass, but that it had to be durable and he needed enough of it within six months to be produced for all the iPhones he was planning to sell,” Aamoth reports. “So that was the first version of Gorilla Glass, which was then followed up by the introduction of Gorilla Glass 2 at CES a year ago. Gorilla Glass 2 was basically Gorilla Glass, except 20% thinner than the original. With the recent introduction of Gorilla Glass 3 – which should find its way into devices later this year — Corning is using ‘a completely new glass composition, with durability enhancements developed at the structural level of the glass.'””

Aamoth reports, “Here’s a demo of a sheet of Gorilla Glass 3 taking its licks from a steel ball that weighs almost a third of a pound, along with some additional background about the product.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]