Add another one to the mounting pile of patents secured by Apple in recent months as the tech giant reportedly readies a number of new and refreshed products to make their market debut in the coming weeks.
This week, Apple officially obtained the patent for what's being described as shock-absorbing rubber coating designed to better protect the iPhone and its sensitive internal and external components.
According to Apple's description of the design in question:
This invention is directed to reducing the effect of shocks on electronic device components. The electronic device component may be surrounded by a boundary element operative to deform in response to impacts. By deforming, the boundary element may be operative to absorb energy received by the shock or impact without passing the energy on to the electronic device component.
Sources: USPTO, Apple Insider