iPhone 5 Rumors: Apple Interested in Swappable Camera Lenses

An improved iPhone camera system would allow users to reconfigure or even replace the lens for optimal pictures.

The details of the news were revealed in a new patent filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday. Photo: Martin Hajek/Flickr

The application, entitled as “Back Panel for a Portable Electronic Device with Different Camera Lens Options,” reportedly provides images of an iPhone device with the camera placed in the same top-left-corner location.

As The International Business Times claims, the new swappable camera will feature a digital imaging subsystem and an optical-axis lens covered by a removable back panel, which has never been applied to Apple phones before.

According to the description of the camera application, “as the quality of digital images that can be obtained with highly compact devices increases, there is increasing demand for sophisticated features.”

In its statement Apple explained that the camera would be “desirable to provide a structure for a compact device that allows the end user to reconfigure the optical arrangement of the device while retaining the benefits of assembling the device using a pre-assembled digital imaging subsystem.”

This means that in case the patent application pushes through, the device will allow users to open the back panel without disrupting the digital imaging subsystem to change the lens or take black and white photos at low light levels.

The camera could be included in the device is a close-up lens that would reduce the minimum focal distance, allowing extreme macro photography.

The filing of this new patent is particularly potent as co-founder Apple Steve Jobs commented in an interview with Walter Isaacson who wrote his biography, that he wanted to crack photography market.

the past week has seen plenty of rumors considering the upcoming iPhone 5, suggesting that the device would pack a 12-megapixel camera.

However just as was the case with the Samsung Galaxy S3 which also was rumored to get a 12MP shooter, we instead saw the same 8MP camera but with a better image processing chip and sensor, writes Auto Omobile.

One of the most interesting reports claims that the new Apple’s product is due to be released on September, 16.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company is likely to release the iPhone 5 in early September. The analyst expects the device to feature the new iOS version which was launched on Monday at the WWDC.

”Based on the release schedule for iOS 6 GM, there is a very good chance iPhone 5 will start shipping also in early September,” Kuo wrote.

Previously Kuo predicted that the next generation iPhone will feature a 4.08-inch display on a resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. and a thickness of 7.9 mm plus a FaceTime HD camera.

As In Rumor reports, Kuo expects the back camera to have 8 MP sensor with a larger aperture of f/2.2 which will use the OV9772 image sensor produced by Omnivision and have a 1/6″ optical format, 6mm CCM and 4.8 mm TTL.

The experts also suggests that the device would still be usable with one hand even if its height increases by 26%.

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