Apple patent suggests iDevices to feature lens-attachments in the near future

An Apple patent uncovered today seems to suggest that future iOS devices may feature lens-attachments to improve Apple’s device cameras.


The patten, uncovered by Apple Insider, shows how Apple’s iDevice cameras could be improved by lens attachments, similar to the concept of Olloclip. The lenses would be fixed to a device using magnets, with an “alignment ridge” making sure that the attachment was properly implemented. The patent specifically describes a “back panel for a portable electronic device with different camera lens options. AT least one of the lenses seems to be a periscope attachment that could open up all sorts of possibilities for iPhoneography.

Apple iPhone Lens Attachment

There’s also sketches of a tri-lens attachment, as seen below.


Would Apple’s iOS cameras benefit from a lens attachment provided by Apple? They would no doubt be expensive, and this is a market already tapped by a number of successful third-party operators. It’s also apparent that these attachments would require the removal of any cases you might happen to have on your device. What are your thoughts on this? Leave your comments below, and be sure to hit me up on Twitter @TiP_Stephen

Via: Apple Insider

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  • TheNerdyDeviant

    It would be fairly inconvenient to have to remove a case you wished to shield your device. The lenses would need to be linked to Apple iDevices in a specific way so much that any third-party device couldn’t do a similar or better job. Why get an expensive, Apple-made lens when it’s a possibility to get cheaper and/or better one from someone else? For the layperson, the built-in camera does a good enough job and for those people, an add-on wouldn’t be particularly helpful, especially when it would interfere in other areas (iPhone case related). However there might be enough people out there for this to work, loyal to Apple. But I’d say it would need to match the current market price in order to make any real impact.