Everyone has suffered through a cracked iPhone screen 鈥 and there鈥檚 always an awful story to go with it. Despite the fact that the new iPhone 6S body is made with Apple鈥檚 incredibly strong custom aluminum alloy (no Bendgate 2.0!), the display on the phone is still the most vulnerable part. While the screen is Corningware Gorilla Glass 4, some of the toughest stuff on the market, it is still breakable. Last week, Apple filed for a patent that aims to stop your iPhone screen from shattering ever again.


Okay, maybe not EVER, but definitely reduce the chances considerably. Even Apple knows that cracking your screen is a total PITA. They wrote in their patent application, 鈥淓lectronic devices, particularly portable electronic devices, may be subject to various drop events.鈥 Yes, that鈥檚 what I call it when I accidentally fling my phone across a room when I鈥檓 waving at someone I know. A drop event.

They even provide instances in which this could happen: 鈥淔or example, an electronic device may fall from a table, fly from a user鈥檚 hand when a user trips, and/or otherwise fall to the ground or other surface. Such drop events may damage glass layers and/or other fragile elements of screens included in the electronic devices. Repairing damage to screens may be expensive, burdensome, and/or impractical. 鈥 We hear that, Apple.


The patent was titled 鈥淎ctive Screen Protection for Electronic Device,鈥 and plans on building multiple 鈥渟creen protectors鈥 into the handset directly. The next time your phone hits the ground, an electronic 鈥渂umper system鈥 will activate and the 鈥渟creen protectors may move from the retracted to extended position鈥 to keep you screen from shattering. These 鈥渟creen protectors鈥 are made with multiple 鈥渢abs鈥 that will lay together flush behind the screen. Each of these 鈥渢abs鈥 would 鈥渃omprise at least one of plastic, plastic film, polyethylene terephthalate, a polymer, thin metal, or metal鈥 and work to absorb the shock from the fall. Sounds amazing.

Hopefully, you鈥檒l never have to shell out your hard-earned cash to get that damn cracked screen fixed again.

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(h/t Hello Giggles, photos via Apple)