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Apple’s foldable iPhone and iPad could protect its screen from drops, new patent claims

Apple’s foldable iPhone and iPad could protect its screen from drops, new patent claims

Apple's foldable iPhone and iPad could protect its screen from drops, new patent claims

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Apple could join the fray of Samsung, Oppo and Motorola by launching a foldable smartphone around 2025. Before that, the Cupertino giant filed a patent for a new technology that would protect iPhone and iPad models with flexible screens against damage even when dropped from a height. Thanks to this latest technology, the devices would be able to detect their fall and immediately fall back into the path of the ground to minimize damage. According to the patent, bending the screen to an angle of less than 180 degrees can provide some protection for devices.

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As initially spotted by Patently Apple, Apple has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that indicates new security features for the screens of iPhone and iPad units. The patent titled “Self-Retracting Display Device And Techniques For Protecting Screen Using Drop Detection” refers to a motorized folding device mechanism that could partially or completely close a folding device, before hitting the ground in the event of a drop to protect its screen.

Foldable screens and roll-up screens made of ultra-thin glass can be vulnerable to drops and the proposed technology would be beneficial in controlling damage by closing the device to protect its screen.

“Mobile devices with foldable and rollable screens may use a sensor to detect vertical acceleration (eg, acceleration relative to the ground) to determine if the mobile device has fallen,” the patent application states. . “If the sensor detects that the mobile device has fallen…the foldable device can retract at least partially to prevent the fragile screen from hitting the floor,” he added.

According to the patent application, bending the screen to an angle of less than 180 degrees may also provide some protection. “The electronic device may include a release mechanism working with the roller to automatically retract the foldable screen onto the roller when the sensed vertical acceleration exceeds a predetermined acceleration threshold,” he added.

In addition to the detailed description of the new technology, the listing on the USPTO website includes some diagrams to suggest how the changes would work.

Apple didn’t reveal any details about the new patent or the release of an iPhone or iPad with a foldable screen. Patented technologies can simply be used for prototyping. So all of these details should be considered with a pinch of salt.


Apple launched the iPad Pro (2022) and iPad (2022) alongside the new Apple TV this week. We discuss the company’s latest products, as well as our iPhone 14 Pro review on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and wherever you go. get your podcasts.
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