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Thread: New Apple Patent Shows Possibility of Interchangeable Camera Lenses for iPhone

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    Default New Apple Patent Shows Possibility of Interchangeable Camera Lenses for iPhone


    A recent patent filing from Apple shows that the Cupertino California company is researching the idea of interchangeable lenses on the iPhone. While the chances of an idea such as this one coming to fruition are highly unlikely, it is interesting to see what kind of planning goes on behind the doors at Apple.

    The company realizes how popular photography is on their iOS devices, especially on the iPhone. Many consumers have replaced their digital cameras with the built-in camera found on the iPhone due to the portability and convenience it provides. The idea of bringing interchangeable lenses to the iPhone is rather interesting despite being unpractical. In its current state, the iPhone can already take amazing 8 megapixel photos and passable 1080p video, so interchangeable lenses could add some amount of utility to the device. If Apple did do something like this, there are several third-party companies out there who already make iPhone lenses who would be able to help out.

    Although the idea is interesting, the reality of such a system would not only add bulkiness to the factor, but also moving parts, which would also add further complexity to the iPhone. This isnít something that Apple would be likely to agree with due to their goal of providing a friendly and easy to use experience to their customers. Nonetheless, if such an idea was to come into play, Apple would have the patent to support it.

    Source: US Patent and Trademark Office

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    Keep the ideas coming..sounds like a good one yet i don't know how they would make it come to life. Many don't even like to use a case on their iPhone until they drop it and damage it. Carrying around extra lenses or whatever would be cumbersome to say the least. Guess we shall see what happens.

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    Sounds like a good idea, hopefully it's not something big and ugly.


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