IPhone 7 Rumors: Apple Inc. Invents Active Screen Protector To Make Shattered
Oct 26 2015
Apple has filed a patent that it believes will end the problem on iPhone screen cracks.
The patent consists of multiple screen protectors that sit above the main screen, and are moveable between an extended and retracted position.
We're all hopeful that one day manufacturers will be able to offer shatterproof glass, but Apple has another plan that seems insane, but it just might be what the doctor ordered. The sensors protrude from the device at the top and bottom of the screen, ensuring the entire glass portion of the device is protected from a sudden fall.
The illustrations in the document mention the use of motors, which will have a separate mechanism to move a pinion when connected to these screen protectors. Otherwise, it could actually make the iPhone 7 smaller to allow people to use it with one hand and also take steps to improve the battery life on the device.
This might not save you when your device falls on the edge, but will surely come handy to protect you from full frontal damage. Furthermore, Apple stated that there are different materials for this thing, such as ones that are flexible, unbending plastics, polymers, thin metals or other composites that are appropriate.
The bumpers will retract so they're "flush to the unit". For instance, Apple has used aircraft grade aluminum to build the chassis of the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, making them extremely tough and non-bendable.
When the sensors detect that the phone is falling, the screen protectors extend outward, "functioning as a shock absorber and preventing the screen from connecting" with the ground. Patents are sometimes never even utilized because technology can change during the patent approval process.
The patent discusses how Apple may invent protectors that can curve, collapse, or absorb the drop's impact.