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.