Future iPhone cases may brace themselves for impact automatically
Rather than relying on one piece of plastic or rubber, future cases for the iPhone may detect when it is about to hit the ground and alter physical properties to better protect your device.
An iPhone atop two previous Apple cases
We could just be more careful with our expensive iPhones, but Apple wants to minimize the chance of accidental damage by creating a new form of protective case. This active case will detect that you've dropped the iPhone and will actually strengthen itself before it hits the ground.