Even though Apple will give you money for your cracked iPhone, it sure would be nice if the pricey device was more resistant to cracks in the first place. Enter the flex iPhone.
Just awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for "Flexible Electronic Devices," Apple's latest innovation outlines watches, laptops, tablets, and of course smartphones, with "a flexible display, a flexible housing and one or more flexible internal components configured to allow the flexible electronic device to be deformed." But most importantly, "Flexible electronic devices may be more resistant to damage during impact events such as drops because the flexible device may bend or deform while absorbing the impact."
In addition to being more resistant when it falls out of your pocket and onto the pavement, this new iPhone could have added features, based on its newfound flexibility. For example, you could turn your iPhone on/off with a twist, or enact another command via the new bending abilities, per the patent. This keeps in line with MacRumors reports suggesting Samsung is in talks with Apple about OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens, which are known for their flexibility and sharp images. Rumors have Apple producing iPhones with OLED displays by 2018.
All roads point to a more bendable future -- at least, for your iPhone. Your New Year's pilates resolution is another story altogether.
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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and drops her iPhone daily. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her at @karatillie.