The race for great image quality on smartphone photos has become more intense. Apple did amazing things with its launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010, but when you compare recent developments like the Nokia Lumia 1020, or even devices like the LG G2, it’s hard to see the iPhone being able to compete, even though the iPhone 5s has done a great job in raising the bar. We’ve seen reports come and go of Apple considering detachable lenses for its iPhone line-up, and even though this move is clearly far-away from Apple’s demonstrated practices, we get some more patents that say otherwise.
In a new patent application today, Apple continues to explore different ways to attach lenses to the iPhone’s housing. We’ve seen magnetic options in its previous patent, but this time we see a bayonet attachment, and it reads:
Attachment mechanisms are provided. The attachment mechanisms may be configured to couple accessory devices, such as lens devices to an electronic device. For example, a lens may be coupled to the exterior of an electronic device with first and second attachment mechanisms.
At this point, and judging by the rumors, it’s hard to see this come on the iPhone 6. We’re not saying it won’t, but if the rumors are true and the iPhone 6 will land at WWDC, this patent would be a little late to make it. We’ll keep you posted as things develop.