“On March 21, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a series of newly proposed protective mechanisms designed for future iDevices and MacBooks that will protect these devices that are about to fall to the floor or other surface,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
“The invention for a protective mechanism is configured to selectively alter a center of mass of the electronic device,” Purcher reports. “One design covers the use of an air foil while another covers the ejection of the battery in order to reduce device damage. Apple has come up with quite an elaborate design.”
Much more, including Apple patent application illustrations, in the full article here.