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Apple gets two patents for interchangeable mobile camera lenses

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Apple gets two patents for interchangeable mobile camera lenses
Patent filings don't always point us towards features or products that we're likely to see become reality for consumers, but they often are quite telling when it comes to what a company is thinking and how it is considering moving forward with certain products. By far, the most patent filings we see are from Apple, and today brings Apple two new patents for interchangeable mobile camera lenses.

Interchangeable mobile camera lenses are nothing new, so we're really hoping that the USPTO has done its due diligence in checking through other patent filings before approving these. The first patent was filed in 2010, and it is very unlikely that it will ever be seen in an iOS device because it would require a removable panel on the back plate, which is something that Apple probably will never be offering. It does sound interesting though allowing for interchangeable macro lenses and more. 

The second patent is one that is much more likely to see release as an official accessory from Apple, or at least as part of an official accessory like a case. The patent describes a camera add-on that would connect with both a physical locking mechanism similar to a DSLR lens as well as a magnetic component to ensure proper attachment. Even if Apple doesn't release an official lens under this patent, it could also be used as a way to get licensing fees from accessory makers who pay want to hook into Apple's proprietary camera housing. 

source: USPTO 1 & 2 via AppleInsider

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posted on 28 Jan 2014, 21:27

1. teja171 (unregistered)

Wow, i want to see this in action.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 21:47 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Meh. I think the lens plate (or whatever it is called) on the Nexus 5 camera is a better way to go. More minimalist than a whole phone back plate.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 06:36

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

But u haven't even seen apples in the wild yet, just another weak attempt to bash.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 21:30

2. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)

I cant wait to see the results.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 21:40 1

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

The patents that have been surfacing lately from Apple are pretty legit.. Show me what you got Apple!

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 22:10

5. Killertech2099 (Posts: 148; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Wait they already have a changeable lens for iphones, too many accessories. It looks promising though

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 23:13

6. nctx77 (Posts: 2405; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

You forgot the third patent for an ipad stylus. No, this is not a joke.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 02:09

7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I could've sworn I've seen a Sony commercial recently that showed them putting a large DSLR style lens on the back of a smart phone. I doubt they'd advertise something if they didn't already have a patent on it. Besides that I remember seeing a few non OEM companies coming out with something like that a few years back, I don't remember what phones they were available for (they were semi universal depending on the placement of the camera sensor on the phone) but I remember it wasn't available for whatever phone I had at the time. As the author stated, hopefully the USPTO checks for prior art.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 06:37

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 25042; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Would love to see this in action, apple show me the MONEYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

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