A first world problem of course, but a cracked screen is probably one of the most annoying things on the planet. The singular drive to make smartphones thinner, sleeker and larger (a turnaround of the initial mobile trend) has made the huge displays a very vulnerable piece of hardware. Apple is trying to change all that. They seem to think that they could save you a few bucks in iPhone repairs with its new patents.
Apple has just filed for an automated mechanism for protecting the iPhone display, and it looks like something right out of the movies. The idea is that if the iPhone detects that it‘s on free-fall, tiny polymer tabs that are hidden within the device‘s chassis will pop up and act as shocks that will protect the display from the fall. These tabs will pop up through a rotary mechanism within the iPhone, and it seems that they‘ll respond to a few other patents that allowed the iPhone‘s accelerometer to detect when on free-fall.
Patent follow-through has been a bit of a problem on recent years but if Apple can pull this one out of the hat I am sure they will have a lot of happy customers, new and old.
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