Gorilla Glass is the ultra-hard, scratch-resistant material that debuted on the original iPhone. When that seminal smartphone was in development, Apple CEO Steve Jobs talked Corning CEO Wendell Weeks into starting mass production of Gorilla Glass. It was a good thing that Weeks listened, as Corning's quarterly earnings release notes that Gorilla Glass is now used in over 1 billion devices worldwide.
Just about every major manufacturer uses the glass now, including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, HTC, LG, Lenovo, Nokia and Sony. It's responsible for over US$363 million in revenues for Corning in the third quarter of 2012 alone.
What's coming next from Corning? A new "ultra-slim flexible glass" called Willow Glass is expected to change the future of smartphones and tablets, making curved glass surfaces simpler and cheaper to produce.