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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending March 22

Ballpoint pen UI, 3D/interactive/AR/Whizbang, The Killer Feature, wings

By , Network World
March 22, 2013 03:36 PM ET
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iPhone 6 will have a crash sensors, and sprout wings to slow down if it falls

iDownloadBlog's Ed Sutherland waxed metaphorical to explain how new Apple inventions will protect your precious future iPhone in case you drop it.

"Think of how a cat, when dropped, can twist its body to land on its paws," he writes. "Now think of your iPhone falling. Makes you cringe, just thinking of the finely-crafted case and display biting the sidewalk or floor. Enter Apple, taking a lesson from felines and wrapping it in some futuristic technology for a patent designed to protect your iDevice from falls."

Yes, that's right: another patent application which will for sure appear in an iPhone at some point, so why not the Next iPhone?

In this patent application, called "Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device," Apple describes several technologies. These include sensors to detect when a device is falling, how fast it's falling, and its orientation to the ground. One protective mechanism is a specially designed plug, for say your headphones: You grab the cable and it won't jerk out.

"Other possibilities: Your device could sprout wings, acting as air foils to slow or alter the fall," Sutherland writes, apparently without giggling. We have to admit that it's our favorite option. "Finally, your iPhone could be equipped with a canister of gas that acts as a 'thruster' (I'm not kidding, that's what Apple's filing mentions)," Sutherland writes.

We can't wait for the app for that: [with thanks to IMDB.com]

[the U.S.S. iPhone 6 is falling into a black hole, seconds away from doom]

James T. Kirk: Full thruster, Mr. Scott!

Scotty: I'm giving her all she's got, Captain!

[the Gorilla Glass display begins to crack as the ship's drawn closer]

James T. Kirk: All she's got isn't good enough! What else ya got?

Scotty: Um... Okay, if we eject the core and detonate, the blast could be enough to push us away! I cannae promise anything, though!

[the aluminum unibody casing starts to rupture]

James T. Kirk: DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!

John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World. 
Twitter: @johnwcoxnww 
Email: john_cox@nww.com

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