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New Apple Patent Shows Interchangeable Camera Lens on iPhone

There’s a new patent filing out there related to Apple, that shows the idea of interchangeable camera lenses applied to the iPhone. Obviously, a patent filing doesn’t mean that the product will happen, but it’s certainly a good indication towards the future plans at Cupertino HQ.

Apple is certainly aware that the iPhone 4 and 4S rule Flickr in terms of popularity as far as the camera is concerned. The iPhone is already able to take some crazy good shots with its 8 megapixel camera and also pretty good 1080p video, but advancements from models such as the Galaxy S III, HTC One X and Sony Xperia S must have had Apple thinking. There’s a big third party market already available for iPhone lenses, so eventually the new tech could catch on.

The problem is that Apple would rather go bankrupt then make a bulky iPhone and moving parts are known for increasing the thickness of the device they’re on. Nokia is the kind of company to bulk up a phone for that purpose, but Apple would prefer to wait for new technology to do that, instead of using interchangeable lenses. Well, maybe they patented the tech so no one else would and to make an extra buck/generate a lawsuit…