Apple patent envisions iPhone shock absorbers for display fall protection
James Bond movies are famous not only for the gadgets that were used, but also by the nifty ways that Bond would always survive to the craziest of attacks, and without ruining his attire. Most of these gadgets or safety devices were concealed beneath Bond’s vehicles or gear, in a way that would only pop up when needed. Apple seems to think that it could use this same mentality to 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.
Yes, this is one of those patents that we’d love to see to believe, but if Apple pulls this off, it’ll gain some happy customers.