corning curvedCorning is a company that is known for its Gorilla Glass series of screens that are supposedly extremely resistant to scratches and cracks. They have supplied these screens to numerous smartphone manufacturers in the past, and it now it looks like the company might have something new for OEMs in the future that comes in the form of a 3D-shaped version of Gorilla Glass, as announced by Corning a few days ago. What’s 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass, you ask? Well it’s basically glass that is curved in a more pronounced way, which we guess you could liken to devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Round or the LG G Flex.

According to Corning, “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. Corning’s 3D-forming technology meets this demand and expands the design possibilities for industrial designers.” This seems to suggest that companies in the future who might want to create more dramatically curved devices will not have to forgo durability afforded by Corning’s products for something else that is more pliable. Of course as it stands only Samsung and LG have devices that are curved, but according to speculation, some believe that this could be Apple’s answer to a curved display which might be used in their rumored iWatch.

Assuming this is true, it will not be Apple’s first foray into curved displays. In fact older models of the iPod nano (specifically the 2009 model) did feature a subtly curved display. We’re not sure what will result from this but hopefully Apple’s iWatch will be able to show off Corning’s efforts.

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