Did Apple just invent an iPhone that won't need a case?

Apple's iPhones are pretty resistant devices. All the same, a lot of us prefer to take no chances and keep them in a case since they can still quite easily be scratched, grazed or otherwise marred by contact with various objects and surfaces.

But the Cupertino tech giant has just been granted a patent for a new kind of housing that sounds like it could change this situation. It describes an abrasion-resistant back panel that could be used on devices such as the iPhone, iPad and MacBooks (see our pick of the best iPhone 14 deals for Apple's current phones).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.