Apple has acknowledged that Corning makes the majority of the glass for its iPhones. Reports say that Corning has moved its glass manufacturing to China. Now Apple has filed for a patent describing a unit that has a case made completely of glass.
According to Mashable, Apple says in its patent application: “Some of the reasons for using glass are that glass is strong, stiff, and radio transparent and a suitable material for an enclosure of an electronic device capable of wireless communications.” The patent application says that parts of the case may be opaque to keep sensors from being affected by light.
Indications are that Corning was working on a stronger glass that would eliminate the need for the metallic rim that caused problems with the iPhone 4. Further speculation points out that Apple may be preparing to release an all-glass iPhone, probably one-piece, all-smooth, curved at the edges, with a larger screen than the iPhone 4S.
Corning introduced its Gorilla Glass 2 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, according to 9 to 5 Mac. This version is supposed to be stronger and more durable than the standard Gorilla Glass. Perfectly suited for the new iPhone 5 we hope!
The Orlando Business Journal reports that a rumor about the iPhone 5 says it will have a 4.6-inch screen, almost as large the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the phone may have a retina display.
A glass iPhone 5 would set Apple’s model apart from its competitors, but we have to question whether having an all glass phone would be suitable for the day to day conditions of living. Most of us iPhone users who have ventured to carry their phone without a case have paid the price at one point or another. Gorilla glass sounds like it may dampen some worry for users, but we will have to wait and see.