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Your iPhone Might Be Getting a Parachute

A broken and inoperable mobile phone lays on the ground
This will never happen again. Photo: Peer Grimm/dpa/Corbis

To the delight of chronic phone-droppers and drunks everywhere, Apple Insider reports that Apple has taken out a patent on a “Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device,” which might use parachute-like “air foils” to keep your phone from smashing into the ground when dropped. The patent filing also includes the possibility of “a gas canister” that “is used as thrust to counter gravitational acceleration,” meaning that every iPhone might one day come with an individual jet pack to keep it aloft. Those Apple guys, they think of everything.