iPhone Flip could have this incredible feature revealed in Apple patent

As durable as smartphones have become, they can still be defeated by something as simple as a drop. That’s especially true of the best foldable phones, whose flexible screens don’t offer the same level of durability as their non-folding counterparts. But it sounds like the rumored Apple iPhone Flip could have a novel way of protecting itself from a potentially-disastrous tumble.

A newly-revealed Apple patent details a feature called “Self-Retracting Display Device And Techniques For Protecting Screen Using Drop Detection.” Which, in typical patent style, is a pretty literal description of what this hypothetical feature could offer — a way for the iPhone Flip to protect the screen when it realizes it’s been dropped.

How iPhone Flip’s drop protection could work

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According to the patent the system would detect when the phone has been dropped and either fold or retract the display to protect it from damage. How it would work seems to depend on what kind of device we’re talking about, with the patent covering rollable and foldable devices.