Apple patent application details crack-resistant glass solutions for portable devices

“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.]


  1. Let’s hope they come up with a waterproof keyboard for Mac powerbooks. That would be a big deal. I have “customized” a powerbook with a coke, and I have several friends who have accomplished the same feat. This ought to be easy, and would be a great advance.

  2. One day Apple will be there when the first self healing glass for scratches or crack proof glass comes to market. I also think the drive for glass front and back is to allow solar charging. Even indoor light to help charge it

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