Apple’s foldable iPhone could automatically close to protect itself from fumbling fingers

Development on the foldable iPhone appears to be continuing, as a newly discovered patent application suggests that Apple is looking for a way to better protect its device from drops.

Available on US Patent and Trademark Office website (opens in new tab), the application is called self-retracting display device and screen protection techniques using fall detection. Quite a mouthful, but it succinctly describes how Apple can aim to minimize damage to the screen. As described, the device will have some kind of sensor inside like an accelerometer. If it detects that the iPhone is dropped, the sensor will signal an “electronically adjustable locking mechanism” to quickly close the phone.

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