i-Shock! Foldable iPhone to be destruct-proof? Know what just got tipped

The foldable Apple iPhone may well be shock-proof! Check what this miracle tech is about.

| Updated on: Mar 19 2023, 19:14 IST
Impressive! NEW iOS 16.4 beta reveals exciting features for iPhones
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1/6 Apple is now rolling out the third beta update of iOS 16.4 and your iPhones will soon get new and exciting features coming along with the iOS 16.4 update.   (Unsplash)
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2/6 And what is exciting in iOS 16.4 update? The update includes a bunch of new emojis with Unicode 15.0. Some of them include Wi-Fi symbols, jellyfish, flute, and more.  (Pixabay)
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3/6 It will also tweak Apple Music and Podcast apps and they will no longer show pop ups in the middle of the screen. Apart from this, the update will support 5G Standalone, a new HomeKit architecture, and more.  (Unsplash)
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4/6 Moreover, there will be Web Push notification. If you add a supported web app to your Home Screen, you can optionally receive push notifications from it. (Unsplash)
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5/6 If you have previously installed a public beta of iOS 16.4, you can update to the latest version by accessing Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone. The current update's build number is 20E5229e, 9to5Mac report informed.  (Unsplash)
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6/6 Apple IOS 16.4 update is expected to be released to everyone in March or April, the report suggested. (HT Tech)
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Unlike other foldable smartphones, foldable iPhone may get a self-protect feature. (Representative image) (Unsplash)

After the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold and Motorola Razr, several other brands have stepped into the foldable market – Oppo Find N2 Flip, Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold, and Tecno Phantom V Fold, to name just a few. Now, it seems like Apple is planning to join the trend of foldable smartphones soon! Yes, an iPhone foldable may well be in the works. Not just that, it is being reported that the foldable iPhone will be virtually indestructible! So, how will a foldable iPhone be destruct-proof?

A report by AppleInsider has suggested that Apple is developing a technology that enables iPhones with flexible screens to sense when they are dropped. Surprisingly, this foldable iPhone will quickly fold up to reduce impact and minimize potential damage, the report quoted a patent application known as "Self-Retracting Display Device And Techniques For Protecting Screen Using Drop Detection."

As per the report, the foldable iPhone will come with the genius feature of the display that lets it fold at the hinge or can be pulled out of a base chassis, and has the ability to detach or fold in a manner that protects the screen from damage. This approach avoids the use of a potentially fragile hinge or connection to the device. The display can sense the need for this action, specifically when the device detects a fall.

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"Mobile devices with foldable and rollable displays can use a sensor to detect vertical acceleration (e.g., acceleration with respect to the ground) to determine if the mobile device has been dropped," AppleInsider quoted the patent application. According to the report, even folding the display at an angle below 180 degrees can provide some degree of protection, as the mobile device can hit the edges of the device instead of the display. Additionally, if a device is rollable, the display can retract if predetermined acceleration limits are exceeded.

However, this all will depend on how quickly a foldable iPhone can detect the fall and deploy the safety mechanism.

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First Published Date: 19 Mar, 19:09 IST
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