Apple is working on an iPhone with replaceable lenses for an improved photographic experience, according to a filing from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Details of the invention, called "Back Panel for a Portable Electronic Device with Different Camera Lens Options," gave pictures of an iPhone-like device and camera in the top-left corner, according to AppleInsider. It also details how users could swap out a lens for optical zoom, such as digital single reflex cameras do.
Currently iPhones only come with one lens and essentially one kind of camera. Allowing a user to replace a lens to take different kinds of photos could make the iPhone a much better camera than most on the market.
"In another potential use, the optical component on an iPhone would feature a close-up lens that would reduce the focal distance and allow for extreme close-up photography," AppleInsider reported.
The patent makes sense. If Apple wants to continue to make its iPhone a must-have, it will have to give it new abilities that make other electronic devices obsolete. Although Apple doesn't manufacture any digital cameras, it looks like it plans to take over that market.
Published at 12:09 AM PST on Jun 18, 2012