Apple gets two patents for interchangeable mobile camera lenses

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



1. teja171 unregistered

Wow, i want to see this in action.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31625; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

2. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

I cant wait to see the results.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

5. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31625; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

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