Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently scored another patent, this one is for an interchangeable iPhone camera lens. The patent is titled “Bayonet attachment mechanisms”. It is described as a method which uses a bayonet-style mount on the mobile device which is where the interchangeable lens attaches.
Bayonet mount feature
Bayonet mounts are nothing new. These mounts are often used on cameras and other gadgets because it is an easier fit. Users can simply push the parts together, and twist one part into the other part to lock in place. Removal is just as easy as users can twist one part in the opposite direction to loosen it up. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) sees bayonet mounts as a superior type of connection.
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Description of Apple’s unique camera patent
The summary is described in the patent filing:
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. A first attachment mechanism may include bayonets that collectively define and surround an aperture. The bayonets may be received in a body, and a compliance member such as an elastomeric ring may be positioned between the body and an outer wall defined by each of the bayonets. The compliance member may thus compress the bayonets into engagement with one another. Alignment members may prevent rotation of the bayonets relative to the body, while allowing radial movement of the bayonets.
This patent provides a little insight as to what we might expect from an upcoming iPhone if and when Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) decides to use it. Improved or redesigned cameras could be a real possibility for the iPhone 6. A recent iPhone 6 leak shows the next great Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) phone could feature a smooth chassis and protruding camera.