Corning, the name behind Gorilla Glass glasses, announced that it has entered the final stage in folding glass production. While one of the company’s first customers is expected to be South Korea-based technology giant Samsung, Apple is also said to use this technology in the future.
In a report published in the past months, it was said that South Korea-based technology giant Samsung will start working with Corning for its future foldable smartphones. The report stated that Samsung Electronic partnered with Corning to develop its own foldable glass, and it was mentioned that the two companies would develop “ultra thin glass (UTG)” that could be folded and bent better.
Last week, a Corning spokesperson stated that the company is currently in the final stages of developing the new display glass and will be commercially available in 2021. However, it is not yet known whether these glasses, which will be produced by Corning, will be used in next year’s Galaxy Fold and Z Flip family.
Samsung wants to build its own supply chain with Corning displays:
Samsung currently has a glass production contract with Germany-based Schott. However, it is also known that the company wants to establish its own supply chain with glass substrates produced by Corning. For this reason, we can assume that the South Korean manufacturer will be one of the first companies to use Corning’s technology.
On the other hand, a rumor that emerged last month, the US manufacturer Apple is also preparing to launch a foldable device towards the end of 2022. Apple allegedly determined which screen type to use in its first foldable device and tested various components.
At this point, it seems likely that Apple, which has a long-standing relationship with Corning, will use Corning’s state-of-the-art glass in a possible foldable smartphone. Of course, it is important to note that this is just a rumor for now and Apple has not made an official statement about foldable phones.