We’ve seen a lot of speculation about the protruding camera on the new iPhone. Will it be a nuisance or another feature we never knew we needed? Likely, it’s more that Apple recognizes the pros and cons of a sophisticated camera on a common device like an iPhone. The camera would perhaps serve the basic purposes of a professional photographer (?) as well as meet the needs, or perhaps exceed those, of a novice. What are your thoughts?
Apple has been granted a patent by the USPTO (spotted by AppleInsider) for interchangeable lenses for a mobile device, meaning it’s possible future iPhones will have the built-in ability to swap out one lens, say a macro for close-ups, for another, like a wide-angle for sweeping landscapes. The patent first turned up as an application a few weeks ago, but Apple has already been granted rights to the IP.
That could mean nothing, as Apple frequently patents tech it doesn’t necessarily use right away in products. But it could also mean a lot; recent supposed leaked photos from inside Foxconn show an iPhone with a raised camera protruding slightly from the back of the device, and the drawings from the patent also show such a design. Of course, the provenance of those images is still sketchy at best, and there are other reasons for a raised camera (devices thickness)…
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