Next Big Thing – shatterproof iPhones
That better not be the iPhone 5
Fear not, the bland drawing above is merely Apple's patent application design for a phone shock-mount system – a nifty little idea that should come in handy for butter-fingered gadgeteers like yourself.
Shock-mount? Is it covered in springs?
Not quite. Special inflatable pads beneath the glass screen will act like mini airbags when sensors detect the phone has been dropped – bracing your poor iPhone for impact. It should result in less damage to its precious tech innards – and its glass frame.
But what about scratches and dents?
The only way you'll get case-free scratch protection is by covering your iPhone with diamonds. If you can't afford that, then we suggest you suit it up in a case and wait for tech like this to roll around to offer even more protection from your clumsy clutches.