Apple’s foldable iPhone can automatically close itself to protect itself from tampering

The development of the foldable iPhone appears to be continuing as a newly discovered patent application suggests that Apple is looking for a way to better protect the device from drops.

Available at United States Patent and Trademark Office website (opens in a new tab), the application is called Self-retractable display device and technologies to protect the screen with drop detection. Quite a mouthful, but it succinctly describes how Apple can aim to minimize screen damage. As described, there is some sort of sensor inside the device, such as an accelerometer. If it detects that the iPhone is dropped, the sensor signals an “electronically adjustable locking mechanism” that quickly snaps the phone shut.

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