Apple Supplier Corning Working on Glass Display Solution for Foldable Phones

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With foldable smartphones from the likes of Samsung and Huawei now out in the open, speculation has been piqued over whether Apple will follow suit. We know the company has explored ideas related to foldable phones in patent applications, but Apple is unlikely to release a foldable iPhone unless it can meet strict quality standards, and judging by the bulky designs and expensive price tags of early foldable devices, that could still be some ways off.

    Huawei Mate X

    One innovation in particular that Apple could be holding out for is foldable glass. Early folding phone manufacturers have been relying on plastic polymers to make their flexible displays, but unlike glass, plastic creases and crinkles over time. The material is also less robust and easier to scratch, which is why the deviation from traditional glass smartphone panels is all the more noticeable.

    Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, is known to be actively developing a foldable glass solution that could one day find its way into a future foldable iPhone. Corning is a long-time Apple supplier, and its Gorilla Glass products have been used in the iPhone and the iPad for several years, which makes its current work on glass that's 0.1mm thick and can bend to a 5mm radius all the more interesting.
    According to Wired, Corning is combining its experience with Willow Glass, which can roll up like a sheet of paper, and Gorilla Glass, which gets its strength from an ion-exchange process. Unfortunately, that process involves dipping glass into a molten salt solution, and salt corrodes the transistors found in display applications, which makes Willow Glass unsuitable for phones. Corning's work is currently focused on overcoming this challenge.
    Bayne thinks the company's foldable glass will be ready for the mainstream in a couple of years. With a bit of luck, the $200 million that Apple granted Corning out of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund will help the U.S. company achieve that goal.

    Article Link: Apple Supplier Corning Working on Glass Display Solution for Foldable Phones
  2. nfl46 macrumors 604


    Oct 5, 2008
    Please take your time, Apple. The last thing we need is a $3,000 “revolutionary” foldable iPhone. I’d gladly take a $1,500 one, though.
  3. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    I assume Jony is the one person width the wish for tighter bend radii.
  4. MoreRumors? macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2018
    Tim's eyeglass lens
    To solve and make glass bendable would be truly amazing and a breakthrough. I don't mind the thickness and it doesn't to be that bad from the look of the picture.
  5. Romeo_Nightfall macrumors 6502


    Aug 8, 2018
    why we are talking about glass, we need some real fancy stuff like selfhealing, nano surfaces or whatever. corning glass was good in version 2 but then it started to scratch and be way to weak.
  6. Blackstick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2014
    Sunny South Florida
    They’ll watch the market carefully, see others make the mistakes, and if this proves to stick, we’ll see it in 2021/22... later than anybody wanted. Apple is rarely first to the party.
  7. dilbert99 macrumors 68020

    Jul 23, 2012
    I wonder how you make glass bendable...
  8. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
  9. flygbuss macrumors 6502


    Jul 22, 2018
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Just heat it to 600°C / 1112°F :)

    At 1500°C / 2732°F you end up with a real Liquid Retina display..
  10. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    News at 11: foldable phones will break when dropped.
  11. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    How do you put a case on a bendable phone?

    Also, has anyone mentioned to Ives that plastic is bendable and resistant to drops already?
  12. Vjosullivan macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2013
    Heat it until it’s glowing red hot.
  13. allenvanhellen macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2015
    To stick to that bend radius, I bet they’ll have 1 screen that wraps around the outsides (front and back), as opposed to Samsung’s interior screen.
  14. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2010
    You end up with a Liquid iPhone in fact.
  15. Vjosullivan macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2013
    ”could be”?So this is not so much a rumour as a random thought?
    Anyway, everyone know the future is transparent aluminium.
  16. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    gimmick on a phone maybe. might be good for Apple AR glasses though
  17. Relentless Power, Mar 5, 2019
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    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I doubt Apple will have this priced anywhere near $1500 if they do release their version (Probably north of $2000). The reality is, I don’t think consumers will respond very well to a $2000 foldable tech device, not that it won’t convenience them with something that they can enlarge and reduce in size, but are they willing to spend that dollar amount, especially given how expensive smart phones are today? I think foldable smart phones have their appeal, but likely to a very niche demographic that have no problem paying $2000 and above.
  18. zulkiflim, Mar 5, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2019

    zulkiflim macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2008
    If that is the case then I don’t think Apple will pursue this .

    IPhones sales have dropped significantly especially in China / Indonesia / India.
    If Apple phones sales keep reducing further , they will then keep to “services” revenue.

    For China , I believe that if Apple does not release a 5G phone then it might as well close shop there.
    China has already rolled out 5G in various cities .

    Before, Apple growth have been phenomenal due to the brand and new market ,like China especially.

    No one expected Samsung to come out with a fully sellable foldable phone.
    Much less Huawei. Everyone assumed it was just marketing.

    If anything , Apple need to wow us this year.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 5, 2019 ---

    For me Huawei Mate X is like an IPhone XS + IPad Mini all in one.

    Given the price, it makes sense. I have 2 products in 1.

    Remember Steven jobs demo for the 1 st IPhone ? A 3 in 1 device?

    Huawei Mate X will cannibalizes sales of the tablet market especially in China .

    Samsung fold device just makes me worries, 3 sides are covered in display, will the battery have adequate cooling ?
  19. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Good, I prefer glass over plastic screens. Hopefully Apple is working to resolve these issues before even considering bringing a foldable to market. No reason to rush at all, just wait for the hardware to be ready.
  20. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Is a foldable phone a viable product right now?

    It’s a cool concept for sure, but is the technology mature enough for the world outside an R&D lab?
  21. zulkiflim macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2008

    IMHO , Yes.

    Saw some YouTube reviewers who at first condemned Both Huawei and Samsung phones given the absurd prices.

    But after Huawei let them physically use the devices, they have changed their minds.
    Not about the price tho LOL...
  22. testcard, Mar 5, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2019

    testcard macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
  23. Delgibbons macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2016
    Can't wait for this. Apple are true masters of screen engineering. Just look at the previous story on the Macbook Pro flexgate.
  24. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Whatever they used on the X is the worst screen I've owned in terms of scratching.
  25. timber macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    Probably comes from the fact that glass isn't an ordinary solid material, it has characteristics of both solids and liquids.

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