Inside Corning's Gorilla Glass Why is Apple so expensive? | CNBC Explains 2 months ago   06:38

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CNBC traveled to Harrodsburg, Kentucky to get a rare look inside Corning’s oldest glass factory where it makes Gorilla Glass for iPhones and a variety of other devices. The factory runs 24/7 and human hands never touch the glass — only air and robots. Take a look inside to see how it's made.

In the middle of bluegrass and bourbon country in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, is Corning's oldest glass factory. It was built in the 1950s to create lenses for glasses and then in the 1980s it transitioned into making LCD glass panels.

But about six months before the first iPhone was released in 2007, Steve Jobs made a call to the CEO of Corning and asked the company to create glass that could withstand scratches and breakage for a new Apple product. Before that, phones were typically covered in plastic. Corning quickly developed Gorilla Glass, and this factory went through a complete transformation.

The same company that developed the glass for the Edison bulb in 1879, is now making the glass that covers 6 billion smartphones, tablets, screens and wearables worldwide for Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony and Huawei and a variety of other manufacturers.

Watch the video to get a rare look inside the factory to see how Gorilla Glass is made.
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Inside Corning's Gorilla Glass Factory

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Prince Huda
RIP Harambe
Scout
Glass is glass and glass break's
Dylan Meiners
Then why does my screen crack
Big chungus E
Well you could also not drop your phone
James Munene
Gorilla glass is a big scam nowadays. Phone screens supposedly made of Gorilla glass scratch and shatter at the slightest excuse.
P Jaidev
Steve Jobs- The inceptor of the decade
Jordan Keyes
What an annoying video... Watch how gorilla glass is made. But we wont tell you what its made of, how its done, what the oven looks like nothing. Just some chick talking about general stats...What a waste of time
q10w10e10
How it's made start at 2:50
Cornell Custom Trains
More like Gorilla Ass... Still worthless, and breaks. Who do I sue for making it so slippery it falls out of your hand ??? You guys or Samsung ???
Ainah Disimban
They owe Steve Jobs big time
Kei
지들말로는 단단하다던데 1m 조금 위에서 떨어뜨리면 다 깨지던데..
Jackson
*Harambe Has Entered The Chat*
Satsui Nohado
Who ever did the 3D animations kick ass.
Hcr nvy
it still doesnt work. my screen is scratched by wearing it in my pocket. and it brakes easily also
Donzoao VI
Wait, so no actually gorillas are used? Another big corporation lie!
Sarp Üstünyurt
Gorila Glass:Im tough
Casio : Hold my armours
Pliny Elder
Whoa so the strengthening process is similar to salt-bath nitriding for case hardening.
Joe Wayne
9 billion market share 400 employees hahahahaha
Rian Young
Drinking game: shot every time your one says “glass”.
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Why is Apple so expensive? | CNBC Explains Inside Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 months ago   06:14

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Apple products have never been cheap but the cost of many of its gadgets has increased dramatically over time. So what makes Apple's products so pricey? CNBC's Uptin Saiidi explains.

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