TechMan: Mega-glass on devices made with chemicals

Date: 8 February 2012
Ever drop your tablet or cell phone and end up surprised that the glass didn't break?TechMan, who tended to drop so many things that his mom often called him "doppich" (Pennsylvania Dutch for "clumsy"), has wondered about cell phone toughness.

The answer is Gorilla Glass, developed especially for mobile electronics.

Walter Isaacson, in his biography of Steve Jobs, tells it this way:

"For the iPhone, the original plan was for it to have a plastic screen, like the iPod. But Jobs decided it would feel much more elegant and substantive if the screens were glass. So he set about finding a glass that would be strong and resistant to scratches."

A friend told Mr. Jobs to talk to Wendell Weeks, the young and dynamic CEO of Corning Glass in upstate New York.

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