“Apple has been examining various ways of protecting devices such as the iPhone when they are accidentally dropped or knocked off a counter or table,” Sky News reports.

“It has now emerged that Apple applied to the US Patent & Trademark Office offering several potential solutions to protect hardware such as smartphones, cameras, laptops and tablets,” Sky News reports. “The key to protecting a device like an iPhone is to use a sensor or gyroscope system to detect a change in its orientation – for example when it has been dropped and is in ‘freefall.’ The processor, having received a warning message, would work out which part of the phone is likely to hit the ground.”

Sky News reports, “It would then alter the way the phone falls, for example by ejecting the battery and shifting the centre of gravity, to make sensitive areas like the screen land the right way up and avoid damage.”

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