iPhone 6 Interchangeable Lens Camera Could Blow Away Samsung

iPhone 6 Interchangeable Lens Camera Could Blow Away Samsung


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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. 

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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.

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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.

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A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.
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