A swappable camera lens in a phone might sound highly futuristic but this feature could soon be a part of your iPhone if Apple is successful. The latest buzz comes after AppleInsider has reported that Apple filed patents for such a technology with the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2010.
According to the report, which has some pretty detailed pictures of Apple’s proposed invention, the application, entitled “Back Panel for a Portable Electronic Device with Different Camera Lens Options,” includes illustrations of an iPhone-like device with the camera located in the same top-left-corner location.
“It would be desirable to provide a structure for a compact device that allows the end user to reconfigure the optical arrangement of the device while retaining the benefits of assembling the device using a pre-assembled digital imaging subsystem,” the filing reads.
Apple’s new invention if successful will let users change their iPhone camera lens, sort of like your regular DSLR. Except that the lense won’t be that big.