Apple files for interchangeable lense patent

Apple files for interchangeable lense patentWe do enjoy a spot of patent action here at Mobot. Even if they never come to anything, it’s interesting to see what manufacturers consider might be the future of technology.

According to a recent United States Patent and Trademark Office filing from Apple, Team Cupertino appears to be contemplating interchangeable camera lenses - presumably for the iPhone.

A typically wordy excerpt from the filing explains: “A removable panel is coupled to the case and held in a second defined positional relationship to the case that covers the digital imaging subsystem without the removable panel being directly connected to the digital imaging subsystem.

“An optical component is supported by the removable panel such that the optical component is aligned with the optical axis and alters optical characteristics of the digital imaging subsystem.”

Interesting, and very unlike Apple – in the sense that it doesn’t usually like consumers fiddling with devices. Says me with a dead iMac that demands surgeon-esque precision to replace the hard drive. I’ll get round to it. One day…

Definitely too early for this interchangeable lense stuff to appear on the iPhone 5. Indeed, as I suggested before, there’s every chance it’ll never see the light of day.

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geekeh  Jun. 16, 2012 at 15:19

I fail to see how this is different enough from changing lenses on a DSLR for them to actually get a patent on it. Not to mention there are already adapters you can buy to mount lenses onto an iPhone.

It would be funny tho if they release this, and under the cover there is a second none removable cover just to ensure that you still can't replace or carry a second battery.

Rubisco  Jun. 17, 2012 at 17:12

What I'm interested in is the backside camera. I'm always taking pictures of those in the street, how is this new technology supposed to enhance such activities?


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