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Apple could plan to release DSLR-like lenses for future iPhone models

Apple granted patent on DSLR-style lens mounting system for future generations of iPhones, could see the device actually get a decent camera after-all.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Tue, Apr 1 2014 3:27 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

A new patent filed by Apple is lending some insight into the companies future plans for its iPhone and iPad mobile devices. The patent shows that Apple has came up with a concept that would see DSLR-like interchangeable lenses attaching to a bayonet-style mount surrounding the camera. Add-on lenses for the iPad and iPhone have been around since the first iPhone launched, and now it looks like Apple wants to cash in on those accessories.

Apple could plan to release DSLR-like lenses for future iPhone models | TweakTown.com

The bayonet mounting method has several advantages over some of the magnetic, and clip-on designs that are already on the market as it gives Apple a way to ensure that the lens is perfectly aligned with the iPhone's camera sensor every time. This will improve image quality, and allow Apple a licensing avenue that would force lens makers to pay Apple for the rights to create lenses to mount onto the new iPhones. In the end, I feel that this is exactly what Apple was going for, and I actually think that they will release this mount in the form of a case rather than built into the camera.

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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