Apple aims to save a falling iPhone via new patent filing

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Apple aims to save a falling iPhone via new patent filing

An Apple invention could avoid scenes like this.

(Credit: Bill Detwiler/CNET)

iPhone owners who drop their phones could avoid serious damage if an Apple patent filing ever results in real technology.

Published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an Apple patent application dubbed “Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device” describes a couple of methods to help a dropped iPhone or other electronic device better survive its fall.

In one method, on-board sensors would detect how far and how fast the phone is falling and reorient its position. As such, the phone would actually be rotated mid-flight to land on a more durable spot, such as its edge or back, rather than on a more fragile location, such as its display screen.

To achieve this feat, the phone would be equipped with a “protective mechanism” that might use a canister of compressed gas to alter its orientation.

As the patent describes it:

In one example, the protective mechanism is configured to alter the device orientation as the device is falling. This may allow a less vulnerable portion of the device to impact… [Read more]

Apple aims to save a falling iPhone via new patent filing

Apple aims to save a falling iPhone via new patent filing

Apple aims to save a falling iPhone via new patent filing

Apple aims to save a falling iPhone via new patent filing

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