We 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.