This year’s smartphone wars are heating up, and for many consumers, it all comes down to the camera. Samsung has set the bar high with the Galaxy S5′s 16-MP lens and robust camera feature set, but Apple may have found its answer. According to a new patent from the Cupertino smartphone giant, the next iPhone could be the first device of its kind to sport built-in interchangeable camera lenses.
According to the USPTO patent, Apple can use a “bayonet” mechanism to allow for swappable camera lenses. One concept image within the patent showcases what looks like a raised camera lens on a smartphone. Another sketch provides a closer look at the extended camera, allowing you to see how alternate lenses could be snugly attached to the phone.
iPhone owners have enjoyed plenty of options when it comes to enhancing the iSight camera, including the popular Olloclip 3-in-1 lens attachment. However, those third-party accessories add a bit of weight to your iPhone and can sometimes be unsightly.
A built-in swappable lens would keep iPhone users from having to splurge for add-ons, and could set the purported iPhone 6 apart from phones like the HTC One M8 and Nokia Lumia 1020, which both tout some impressive photo-taking features.
Whether or not the iPhone 6 marks the debut of Apple’s swappable lens technology, the phone may sport an improved 10-MP (up from 8-MP) camera when it makes its expected debut later this year.