Apple’s foldable iPhone can close automatically to protect itself from clumsy fingers

Development of the foldable iPhone is apparently continuing as a recently discovered patent filing suggests that Apple is looking for a way to better protect its device from drops.

Available on the website of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (opens in new tab), the application is called Self retracting display device and techniques for protecting the screen using fall detection. Quite a mouthful, but it does succinctly describe how Apple can try to minimize damage to the screen. As described, the device will contain some sort of sensor, such as an accelerometer. If it detects the iPhone being dropped, the sensor signals an “electronically adjustable locking mechanism” to snap the phone shut quickly.

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