Apple patents interchangeable camera lenses and 'iPen' stylus

Patents usually give a sneak peek into what the company is possibly planning for the near future. When it comes to Apple patents, we wouldn’t be wrong to say that it helps gauge broader trends. In the past couple of days, Apple is known to have gotten 30 patents approved. However, all aren’t targeted at the mobile space. What has managed to grab our attention are two camera patents and one for something called the iPen.


According to PhoneArena, Apple has got patents for interchangeable mobile camera lenses and an iPen stylus. Now, interchangeable mobile camera lenses aren’t something new and there are a host of third-party accessories for the same. Among the two patents filed for the camera modules, the first patent was filed in 2010 and reportedly the company won’t employ it on its devices because it requires a removable back panel.

A detachable camera accessory for the iPhone 6?

A detachable camera accessory for the iPhone 6?


The other camera patent is touted to result into an official accessory from Apple, maybe a case. The patent mentions a camera add-on that connects using a physical locking mechanism like a DSLR lens, as well as a magnetic component for quicker attachment. Report claims that even if Apple doesn’t built its own accessory, the company could use to earn licensing fees from accessory makers.


The next patent points out at an "iPen" stylus. Apple reportedly has more than 200 patents for stylus. The new patent allows determining the orientation of the stylus through a sensor which is fitted in the stylus as well as the slate. Samsung has created ripples with its S-Pen, and looks like Apple wants to push up the competition by offering some novel stylus functionality. The patent was filed in 2011, and it is highly speculated that Apple will launch the stylus with its rumoured 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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