iPhone 6 Camera May Sport Swappable Lenses

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Smartphone cameras have already put a hurting on the point-and-shoot camera market, but the rumored iPhone 6’s  new shooter may be the final nail in the coffin.

According to a recent patent application, Apple is working on a new smartphone camera that accepts interchangeable lenses. If the company ends up adding such a feature to the iPhone 6, it would make the handset’s camera as versatile as a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

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The idea of adding a lenses to an iPhone camera isn’t exactly new. Third-party accessory makers have been selling snap on lenses for Apple’s handsets for quite some time. The best known of these comes from Olloclip, which offers a 4-in-1 lens. Unfortunately, the accessory adds quite a bit of bulk to the otherwise slender iPhone.

If Apple were to add such a feature to its upcoming smartphone, it would need to include some kind of threading for the lens to attach to, which could make the camera’s bezel stick out more than the iPhone 5s’s.

It’s worth noting that while patent applications and filings can give you a glimpse at what a company is working on for future products, they can also point to items that amount to little more than pipe dreams.

Apple’s iPhone 6, which is expected to go on sale this fall, is rumored to feature an improved 10-megapixel camera sensor with a f/1.8 aperture lens. Further reports claim the camera will include a resin filter lens rather than the hybrid IR filter found on the iPhone 5s.

Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. jason Says:

    Unfortunately going from 8Mp to 16Mp is not double the resolution. it is 1352 pixels wider or roughly 4 inches on an already 11 inch print. 8 Mp is 71% of the resolution of 16Mp. 3264 x 2448 vs. 4616 x 3464
    Double 8Mp resolution is 6264×4896 which is 30Mp. which is why 10Mp would be a better upgrade. but tell that to consumers. nobody is going to be making 11×14 prints out of a 1/3.3 inch sensor, so i do not understand the interest in resolution. they just end up compressing the files immensely to make up for large file sizes, which reduces the quality below uncompressed lower resolution files!

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