In 2014, Apple inventors, Stephen Lynch, Tyson Manullang, and Emergy Stanford, filed a patent for a self-deploying screen protector. The technology protects the iPhone’s screen by extending retractable tabs when the phone senses that it is being dropped. This creates a “buffer zone” between the ground and the screen, effectively shielding the screen from the fall. The technology also includes shock absorbers and modular protectors.
Though the self-deploying screen protector has not yet hit the market, this seems like an effective solution to protect the fragile screen without the need for a bulky case. It would sure save a lot of Apple users!