iPhone Fold will protect itself if it falls

Do you ever let your iPhone slip out of your hands? Then there is good news, because the iPhone Fold protects itself as soon as you drop it. We explain how that works.

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Apple is working on a foldable screen

There have been rumors for some time that Apple is working on a device with a folding screen. The usually reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has even predicted that the first foldable device will appear as early as 2024. According to Kuo, it is a foldable iPad, but other rumors predict a MacBook. In any case, one thing is certain: Apple is working on a foldable device.

Also read: The first iPhone Fold is out – and Apple didn’t make it

Apple has now filed another series of new patents that describe what happens if you drop the foldable device. And that’s good news, because according to these patents, the foldable iPhone protects itself if it falls. But what about that?

iPhone Fold protects itself if dropped

The patents filed by Apple describe what happens if the phone falls. According to the patent, the foldable phone can register the moment of fall, giving the device time to react to the fall. The iPhone Fold can protect the screen against the fall in this way, to prevent the screen from breaking.

It’s not entirely clear how the phone protects itself from being dropped. The patent only describes that the device protects vulnerable parts in the event of a fall, but not exactly how this happens. In practice, this may mean that the phone closes so that the screen does not touch the ground. This of course depends on how quickly the phone registers the fall.

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Unclear when the iPhone Fold will appear

The iPhone Fold can therefore better protect itself against a fall than the normal iPhone. Kuo expects Apple’s foldable device to appear next year, but this is anything but certain. For example, Ross Young, a reliable expert in the field of displays, has said that the device will not arrive until 2026 or 2027. In any case, they agree that Apple is working on a foldable device.

Want to know more about Apple’s first device with a foldable screen? Earlier we wrote that Samsung also expects Apple to come up with a foldable device next year. Read everything we know so far about Apple’s foldable screen here.

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