As reported by Apple Insider, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Apple Patent No. 8,929,085 for:
“Flexible electronic devices” describes a portable device, like an iPhone, that can be flexed, bent, folded or otherwise deformed without negatively impacting the sensitive internal components contained within. Indeed, flexibility is a functional feature for Apple’s invention that in various embodiments translates twists and bends into UI commands, folds for storage and absorbs impacts through localized flexing.
Now, we can expect to see iPhones in the future that actually bend gracefully and purposefully.