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.
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