According to reports, tech giant Apple is developing a new technology that would allow flexible screen iPhones and iPads to detect drops and autonomously fold up on impact to minimize damage.
Details about The foldable iPhone from Apple may protect itself from drops to reduce damage
According to AppleInsider, the information was taken from the tech giant’s most recent patent application, which is titled “Self-Retracting Display Device And Techniques For Protecting Screen Using Drop Detection.”
No matter how the device folds at the hinge or whether a screen may be removed from a base chassis, the tech giant claims that the display itself may opt to separate.
Instead of using a potentially brittle hinge, the display can be detached or folded in a way that protects the screen.
According to the patent application, mobile devices having foldable and rollable displays can use a sensor to detect vertical acceleration (such as acceleration with respect to the ground) to ascertain whether the device has been dropped.
The foldable device can at least partially retract if the sensor determines that the mobile device has been dropped in order to protect the fragile display from hitting the ground, it was claimed.
As a result, there are only two options left: either retract the screen or release it.
When the vertical acceleration exceeds a predetermined threshold, Apple said in the application, “the process can include activating a release mechanism for a hinged connection between a first display and a second display of the electronic device, wherein the activating reduces an angle between the first display and the second display below a threshold angle.”