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Smart phones are getting smarter by the year and if Apple’s latest patent application is a sign, we may be in for the futuristic tech we ’90s kids always though the ’00s would bring on.

According to a new patent file, the multinational tech company is working on a foldable phone with an added feature we weren’t expecting. Apparently, the device will also boast “self-healing” properties —yep, you read that right.

Here’s the official patent description:

“An electronic device may have a hinge that allows the device to be flexed about a bend axis. A display may span the bend axis. To facilitate bending about the bend axis without damage, the display may include a display cover layer with a flexible portion. The flexible portion of the display cover layer may be interposed between first and second rigid portions of the display cover layer. The display cover layer may also include a layer with self-healing properties. The layer of self-healing material may be formed across the entire display cover layer or may be formed only in the flexible region of the display cover layer. The display cover layer may include a layer of elastomer in the flexible region of the display cover layer for increased flexibility. Self-healing may be initiated or expedited by externally applied heat, light, electric current, or other type of external stimulus.”

So, how much are you willing to pay for a smart phone that heals itself? Chime in.

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