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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:27 PM   #1
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Corning Announces New '3D' Shaped Gorilla Glass




Corning has announced a new shaped Gorilla Glass product to offer glass solutions for curved devices like smart watches. Corning is one of Apple's main suppliers for the glass in the iPhone and iPad, and, with Apple rumored to have a smart watch production the works, Corning's new product would make for a logical source component for the new device.

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Product design continues to drive the consumer electronics industry. More than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves, and the demand for even more-dramatic form factors is increasing. Corning's 3D-forming technology meets this demand and expands the design possibilities for industrial designers.

The relationship with GTOC allows Corning to provide a "one-roof" solution. "We can now take Gorilla Glass all the way from flat sheet to a finished 3D-shaped product in Asia, expediting turnaround times and minimizing logistical complexity," said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. "That's a win for Corning and our customers."
Apple has used curved glass in some of its products in the past, most notably in a previous generation iPod nano. There have been a number of rumors about Apple developing curved glass iPhones, most recently in November when Bloomberg said Apple would release 4.7" and 5.5" iPhones next fall with slightly curved screens.

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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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Is this for the iWatch?!
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:28 PM   #3
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Nice, I look forward to how this may effect phone designs
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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It's a nice innovation, but let's hope it doesn't lead to ugly curved phones that would be a pain to use.
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:32 PM   #5
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I hope it's not for a curved iPhone! But bring on the iWatch!
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:32 PM   #6
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Big whoop all cars have curved glass. It isn't hard to shape.
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:35 PM   #7
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I like this concept.
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Am I the only one who does NOT want a curved phone?
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:39 PM   #9
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Big whoop all cars have curved glass. It isn't hard to shape.
Gorilla Glass is extremely thin and light, completely unlike car glass. Extremely thin, light, strong, and curved glass is an innovation.
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:41 PM   #10
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Am I the only one who does NOT want a curved phone?
That is correct.
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:49 PM   #11
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What would be the advantage of it? Why is it such a big deal - am I missing something crucial here?
Example: if i have curved glass that cover a display that is not curved (as displays are not curved yet, correct?) then all I am creating is bigger gap between the display and the curved glass in the middle part of the screen.

Or what else am not seeing here?
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 03:50 PM   #12
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Am I the only one who does NOT want a curved phone?
Maybe because you only see the ugly one.. like Samsung Galaxy Round.. that phone is a joke.

Let's see how Apple make a curve phone.. probably it will change your mind.
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 04:02 PM   #13
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Sounds like Corning is setting up to compete more easily with the Japanese glass called Dragontrail from Asahi that came out in 2011.

I read somewhere that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and other curved glass Android devices used Dragontrail instead of Gorilla Glass, because the latter couldn't be molded into different shapes as easily.
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 04:06 PM   #14
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Nice Rolex on the hand model
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 04:12 PM   #15
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Big Whoop......

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Am I the only one who does NOT want a curved phone?
I agree with you. I could care less about this feature. I'd rather have one that could roll up or fold.

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Old Jan 3, 2014, 04:14 PM   #16
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Thumb resize.

I like this concept.
Me too! I've always wished the magic mouse had a screen on the bottom.
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Am I the only one who does NOT want a curved phone?
Not at all.
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Am I the only one who does NOT want a curved phone?
No.

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No, it isn't.
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 04:29 PM   #19
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What would be the advantage of it? Why is it such a big deal - am I missing something crucial here?
Example: if i have curved glass that cover a display that is not curved (as displays are not curved yet, correct?) then all I am creating is bigger gap between the display and the curved glass in the middle part of the screen.

Or what else am not seeing here?
Samsung and LG already have phones with both curved glass and screens. Moreover LG has a phone that can bend its curved display, albeit slightly.
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I like this concept.
Who'd want a phone shaped like the magic mouse? The Magic iPhone?
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Who'd want a phone shaped like the magic mouse? The Magic iPhone?
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Old Jan 3, 2014, 08:39 PM   #22
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Wow...now THERE'S a picture I'll bet the Great and Powerful Oz would love to have disappear.

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Nice Rolex on the hand model
I noticed that too-too bad it's beat to hell and has been polished to the point the coronet is barely visible anymore.
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Wow...now THERE'S a picture I'll bet the Great and Powerful Oz would love to have disappear.
Nah, I bet a lot of guys would like to have looked like that then, and then look how he is now. You know, instead of just having Craig's hair and nothing else going for them.

I don't like the idea of 3D glass just because it's more likely that the edges will get damaged in your pockets and overtime whatever cracks will just get bigger overtime, leading to damage to continue up to the user space.

And you couldn't cover them with a case because it would just put pressure on the glass, especially if you accidentally dropped it as one tiny hit to glass and it shatters. Dropping it on its back would be as damaging as dropping it on its face.

At least that's my thinking.
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Really don't see why they need a curved screen. If I want a larger screen I'm more than happy to use it with two hands, otherwise I would stick with the current size.
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Easily one of the best iPod designs right there....
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