According to Apple Insider, Apple has developed a new patent for ways to protect your phone and minimize damage when you drop it.
The patent includes an idea for an internal sensor that will detect when a phone is in freefall. The sensor will also detect the phone’s distance from the ground and how quickly it’s falling.
The system will then reorient the phone as it falls and position itself in a way to limit damage. According to the patent, this will be accomplished by moving a counterweight inside the phone which would be activated by something like a can of gas.
Amazon released a similar patent for a phone airbag.
Since iPhone owners won’t be seeing this new feature anytime soon, it is recommended to protect your phone with a properly fitting phone case.