Apple patents swappable lenses for iPhone

By Sam Kieldsen on Jun 15, 2012 7:46 AM
Filed under Mobility

Interchangeable back plates could boost camera.

Apple is contantly patenting ideas for its future devices, but this one sounds particularly intriguing – particularly if you’re a keen photographer who wishes they could get more out of the iPhone’s camera.

Engadget has uncovered a patent application that would make the iPhone’s rear panel removeable and replaceable, essentially allowing the user to add new filters and lenses.

One way, as outlined in the filing, would be to feature two lenses on opposite corners of a single backplate: you’d take it off, flip it round and replace it to switch to the other lens.

Apple declined to comment on when we might see the patent come to life.

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