Folding phones will be a mainstream in a couple of years
The firm Apple has tapped for its screens since the very first iPhone is working on glass that can be folded and expects to succeed by the time folding phones are mainstream in a couple of years.Corning is developing glass that can be repeatedly folded, and reports that it is on track to manufacture it in quantity in a couple of years when foldable phones are in the mainstream. While Apple has not commented on its plans for foldable phones, the company has used Corning since the very first iPhone.
“We have glasses we’ve sampled to customers, and they’re functional, but they’re not quite meeting all the requirements,” says John Bayne, senior vice president and general manager, Corning in Wired. “People either want better performance against a drop event or a tighter bend radius. We can give them one or the other; the key is to give them both.”The company is currently using glass that is 0.1mm thick and can be bent to a 5mm radius.