In fact, Apple's new patent, as described above, sounds like it was lifted almost directly from this National Geographic clip's explanation of how cats use their innate "righting reflex" to always land on their feet:
"The head rotates first, based on messages from the eyes and inner ear. Then the spine twists and the rear quarters align. At the same time, the cat arches its back to reduce the force of impact."
But the engineering team at Apple isn't the only group looking to tap into cats' special skills. As The Dodo reported last month, experts from Georgia Tech are also hoping to replicate felines' free-falling abilities to make their robots more durable.
It was only a matter of time, perhaps, that technology would start to make headways into the realm previously mastered by cats - but it's hard not to wish Apple would start by making iPhone battery life be nine times as long.