iPhones of the future will feature interchangeable lenses to boost their credentials as camera phones, a patent filing suggests.
Unearthed by Apple Insider, the filing reveals plans for a handset with a removable backplate that would allow users to swap lenses, presumably for the one that offers the best picture quality in the conditions available.
The exchangeable lens system, detailed in the wonderfully literally titled filing ‘Back Panel for a Portable Electronic Device with Different Camera Lens Options’, has the potential to revive the so-called megapixel wars. In case you need reminding, this was the now seemingly dim and distant period in smartphone history saw handset-makers compete to equip their phones with ever-higher megapixel counts.
That said, the chances of swappable lenses arriving with the iPhone 5 are pretty slim, especially given the usual timeframe between a patent being registered and the technology it covers coming to market. But that’s not to say that the next-gen Apple smartie won’t be the massive upgrade we’re hoping for.
Not least if we can believe rumours that Ive and co's next effort will be completely redesigned from the 4S and will feature a gym-honed, mighty quad-core processor and a larger four-inch screen.
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