Apple to use bayonet-style mounts for interchangeable lenses on the iPhone 6?

The iPhone 6 might come with a "bayonet attachment mechanism", allowing users to easily snap interchangeable lenses on the back of their devices. This is suggested by a recent patent, granted to Apple today. The company touts that unlike similar "eyelets, hook, and loop fasteners", the described lens-holding mechanism does not deviate from Apple's aesthetics. In addition, Apple's bayonet mechanism is apparently configured to let go if you drop your iPhone, preventing any damage.

Apple's invention fits directly over what-seems-to-be a protruding iPhone camera unit. The coupling mechanism does not position itself via magnetic force, as it uses a more traditional approach – a set of tiny bezels around the camera unit allow users to gently screw the interchangeable lens.

As we already mentioned, although the bayonet mount fits perfectly in place, it will easily decouple itself if you drop your phone. This is ensured by the ramped surface of both the iPhone's camera unit and the interchangeable lens.

This concept falls in line with the recent rumors and leaks, which suggest that Apple's next iPhone might come with a protruding camera. We also heard that the upcoming flagship might come with a camera unit that supports swappable resin lenses. The iPhone 6 might also be the first Apple-branded device to sport OIS (optical image stabilization).

source: USPTO via Apple Insider

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1. damokles unregistered

Good idea, but I don't really want to imagine how expensive those accesoires in an apple store would be O__O

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I doubt that Apple would limit the use of the bayonet mount to its own accessories. Licensing the mount to lens companies would seem to be a path to increasing the sales of the iPhone to camera fans. There is precedent for licensing - the current power/USB connector is licensed to third party manufacturers. Regardless, Magic 8-Ball says no bayonet mount on the iP6.

12. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

as much as im jealous of apple being the first one to apply this camera add on to phone.... im still happy that someone atleast did it. Sony please! please do this already.

2. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

wow good apple very good

3. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

How long does it take for apple to get a patent????

4. Sauce unregistered

As long as it takes every other company

9. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Well if you actually looked at the source it was filed back in 2012. So to answer your question a little over a year.

5. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I recently started using the Sony QX100 camera, and after I learned how and when to make used of the ISO 12800, huge apperture and vast shutter speed options... I find it exceptional specially under good light situations... The 10X optical zoom is great and it can be securely mounted on most phones... The only downsides compared to this patent would be the slow connections times, and time to first pic... But I have managed to take very good "blind" pictures without using the phone... And the other one would be the slow auto-transfer pics when set to 20MP photos... But that can be interrupted to do it later... I would definitely get the QX100 over a lense thats only going to work with 1 phone

6. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Uhh. The QX100 only zooms in 3X. The 10X zoom is used by the QX10.

8. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes you are correct... 3.6X for the one I am using... But still absolutely amazing specially at max resolution. And the update brought higher ISO settings that is specially amazing to shoot sky pics at night... Also apperture now ranges from 1.8 to 11 Shutter Speed from 1/2000 to 30 secs

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Why don't they make it magnetic like the Nexus 5

11. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Magnetic would limit severely the type and size of lenses... Weight is a big concern for this... I do like what they did with the Nexus 5 though

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Good point It sounds cool, but too inconvenient, don't think much people will try it

14. express77 unregistered

no one commented "another day another patent".

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