“While Donald LeBuhn was filing a class action lawsuit against Apple back in January of this year, accusing the company of misleading customers as to the strength of the glass used in its iPhone 4, Apple was already well into inventing new crack resistant glass solutions for portables like the iPhone,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The new solution involves a tunable shock mount that sits between the glass and the body of the device,” Purcher reports. “The specialized mount could be instantly inflated if the device senses a drop event determined by its internal accelerometer. Apple’s patent describes using exotic materials that could protect the glass from shattering.”

Purcher reports, “As a side bonus, Apple is also considering a solution that could provide portable devices with a new water damage prevention seal.”

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Edward Weber” for the heads up.]