Apple and other smartphone makers are always working to make smartphones more robust. Any iPhone user knows that one drop is all it takes to destroy an expensive smartphone. A new Apple patent application has turned up that outlines a smartphone with some interesting features to help prevent damage from drops.
The patent app talks about a special construction process that uses sapphire glass for the screen and LiquidMetal for the construction of the phone. Apple has used LiquidMetal in the past, but only for small parts like the SIM card ejector you see here.
According to the patent, in a future iPhone the LiquidMetal could be used to help stabilize the sapphire glass display. That stabilization is needed so that in a drop the screen doesn't crack or fall off. The use of LiquidMetal would replace the current construction process that uses a rubber gasket to protect the screen from impacts.