Published earlier today and already discovered by AppleInsider, a new patent from Apple seems to show that the Cupertino company would like to put swappable lenses in future iPhones. The camera in the iPhone 4S is already great, it was even used all by itself for an editorial fashion shoot, but there is always room to improve in creative ways and swappable lenses are certainly uncharted territory for a camera phone.
A sample from the patent reads:
It would be desirable to provide a structure for a compact device that allows the end user to reconfigure the optical arrangement of the device while retaining the benefits of assembling the device using a pre-assembled digital imaging subsystem
Apple would achieve this by using a removable back pannel. They may even take it one step further and create a panel complete with multiple lenses. Sure, a patent doesn’t necessarily mean a product is coming in the near future, but if Apple are looking to compete with the updates coming to the Lumias, and re-establish themselves as “game changers” in the world of phonetography, then this is definitely one way to do it.