“As a result of continued research into device protection technologies, Apple has developed an automated bumper system that doubles as a floatation device, protecting iPhones from drops and large bodies of water,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple’s application for an “Electronic device housing” details an iPhone security system that automatically deploys protective shock absorbers when onboard sensors detect a potential impact,” Campbell reports. “The claims are similar those offered in a separate Apple invention revealed last month describing an automated screen protector, but employ cushions made from a buoyant material instead of retractable tabs.”
“When a free fall is detected, the system triggers spring loaded shock absorbers that shoot out from the device housing. Depending on the implementation, bumper cushions made of foam, plastic, rubber or other suitable material are integrated with the shock absorber mechanism to slide out on specialized support rods,” Campbell reports. “Because they are buoyant, the bumper cushions also serve as a precautionary measure against accidents involving water or other liquids.”
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