A week ago, Apple was granted two patents for interchangeable camera lenses for the iPhone, covering different methods of attaching lenses and camera modules to a portable electronic device, including a magnetic solution that incorporates a motor for physical optics adjustments.
This would be amazing to see interchangeable lenses features added into the iPhone 6, I can’t wait until iPhone 6 is released.
Although it’s too early to know if they’ll actually make their way onto this year’s model, we suggest you take the above with a few grains of salt when the new iPhone is unveiled later this year.
This patent filed by Apple back in Dec 13, 2010. The patent may have been part of the late Steve Jobs’ grand plans for making iPhone cameras even more appealing to photographers. So it is possible that the next iPhone could come with a mechanism wherein the user can change the lens or add filters for different types of photography needs.
An abstract from the patent reads,
A portable electronic device includes a digital imaging subsystem with a lens having an optical axis. A case encloses and supports the digital imaging subsystem in a first defined positional relationship to the case. 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. The device may include a power supply and an electronic control system coupled to the digital imaging subsystem and the power supply enclosed in and supported by the case.
Publication number US8638369 B2
Publication type Grant
Application number US 12/964,626
Publication date Jan 28, 2014
Filing date Dec 9, 2010
Inventors Richard Tsai
Original Assignee Apple Inc.
Export Citation BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
More about this patent: http://www.google.com/patents/US8638369
One design by inventor Richard Tsai even shows one panel with lenses at each end, meaning that the panel could just be reversed to change lenses.