"What if your iPhone was more like a cat so that when dropped, it would instinctively rotate into a position to prevent the screen from breaking"...was something apparently said by an engineer at Apple after what we'll presume was a weekend-long bud binge (for medical purposes only I'm sure). That "no way dude" idea has netted Apple a certain Patent No. 8,903,519: Protecting an electronic device, in where that very idea is spelled out:
An electronic device including a processor, at least one sensor in communication with the processor, wherein the processor is configured to determine an orientation of the device and drop event based on input from the at least one sensor. The electronic device further includes a motor in communication with the processor and a mass operably connected to the motor. The processor is configured to drive the motor when a drop event is determined and the mass is configured to rotate with respect to the motor to alter the orientation of the device.
That this idea could someday be a reality would be oh so cool, but the likelihood of that, err...well it doesn't seem likely anytime soon. The implementaion documented in Patent No. 8,903,519 explains things in roughly the same way that the runner up in a middle school science fair would, basically: "something detects something and moves thingy inside phone and phone is ok". All right it isn't quite that bad, but as cool as an iPhone with cat-like reflexes sounds, I'm thinking it's much more likely that literally every brain fart in Cupertino is immediately typed up as patent application than this idea sees the light of day before iPhone 10.