Many are hoping the iPhone 6 will have a better camera, as the cameras in previous iPhone models have been sorely lacking. However, a couple of patents spotted by Apple Insider show that this is an issue Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trying to address—even if the camera in the iPhone 6 doesn’t end up featuring this technology.

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Apple receives patents for iPhone camera lenses

The two patent applications suggest a possibility (however slim) that the iPhone 6 will have interchangeable camera lenses. The patents focus on a couple of methods for attaching both lenses and camera modules to electronic devices like smartphones.

One of the methods is a sort of magnet which uses a motor to make adjustments in physical optics. It’s basically a camera system with a lens and an imaging sensor with a removable case. Inside the case, there are some components which can adjust the camera system’s optics. It would work in a manner similar to how a wide angle lens attaches to a standard camera.  The two patents describe the two different parts of the camera system.

What about the iPhone 6?

Unfortunately it’s probably too quick to expect this technology to show up in the iPhone 6, but at least Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans have something to look forward to in the future. Perhaps the only big change we can expect for the iPhone 6 this year is a bigger screen, which admittedly is probably at the top of the wish list for many Apple fans.

There’s also a chance that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will launch the iPhone 6 in June instead of in the fall as competition in the industry continues to be difficult. Of course many people thought the iPhone would arrive earlier last year than it did, and the iPhone 5S still ended up being held back until September. And if Apple really is planning to enter new product categories this year, as CEO Tim Cook said they would on Monday, then the company’s attention may be focused less on the iPhone 6 and more on the iWatch, iTV or whatever else management has up their sleeves.