According to the Mashable, Your iPhone might someday shame you and send an alert when you crack your screen
Since clumsy texters will always find a way to thrash their smartphones, a new patent spotted by Apple Insider Thursday could make it a little easier for future iPhone users to detect screen damage before their display takes on full spiderweb status.
One version of the screen alert system would use touch sensors already embedded in the screen to pick up on inconsistencies that might lead to damage, while another outlines a system of vibrating hotspots that would send signals through the screen and identify damage using the feedback they receive.
Other potential methods are described in the patent, like a series of pulse-emitters that would use mirrors within the phone to detect screen imperfections. Some of these methods would only be triggered after a drop, while others could ask the phone’s owner to confirm a crack onscreen by circling the problem area.
It’s all super speculative—there’s no way to predict when any of these systems will make their way onto future iPhones, if ever. For now, you can probably trust you own eyes and fingers (and that deep sense of shame) to let you know when your phone is on the outs.