Last year it was discovered that the Americans had spent $5.9 billion on broken iPhones since 2007. If that doesn’t sound troubling enough, a report from earlier this year found that a quarter of iPhones users in the U.S have broken their screens.
While Samsung is the brand that comes to mind when it comes to experimenting with unbreakable displays, Apple holds a patent for technology that could make the iPhone virtually invincible. The filing describes a system that would wrap the device with sapphire, with a piece of glass sandwiched between the layers of sapphire. Since sapphire is one of the hardest stones second to the diamond, this would make the iPhone essentially unbreakable. Another patent from earlier this year describes a self-protecting iPhone that could change its orientation mid-air so that it doesn’t fall on a sensitive area, such as the display.