FORTUNE -- We don't usually write about Apple's (AAPL) patents because the company files so many and so few ever see the light of day.
It describes a sensor-and-microprocessor system that can detect when an iPhone or iPad is falling and shift the device's center of balance so that it doesn't land on its most fragile parts.
Diagrams below courtesy of AppleInsider.
|Light bulb ban set to take effect|
|Ford set for most aggressive expansion in 50 years|
|Netflix finds plenty of binge watching, but little guilt|
|Military families worry about skyrocketing grocery bill|
|Military retirees: You betrayed us, Congress|