Apple’s Products May Get Curved Displays From Corning
One of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) primary component suppliers may provide the iPhone maker with its next display innovation. As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Corning (NYSE:GLW) recently announced that it has developed a “novel 3D glass-forming technology” for manufacturing its proprietary Gorilla Glass. Corning’ scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass is currently used by Apple for its iPhone and iPad displays.
However, Corning’s new manufacturing process creates exciting new design possibilities for Apple. “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,” stated Corning. “Corning’s 3D-forming technology meets this demand and expands the design possibilities for industrial designers.”
Apple rival Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has already released its own curved display smartphone, although it is not yet for sale in the U.S. The Galaxy Round incorporates Samsung’s AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) flexible display technology to create a concave smartphone shape. However, with availability limited to the Korean market and a retail price around $1,000, the Galaxy Round doesn’t appear to be a practical option for most consumers.