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Will the iPhone 5 have a changeable camera lens?

Will the iPhone 5 have a changeable camera lens?

Fri June 15, 2012 4:13pm

IF your palms were getting all sweaty at the allegedly leaked pictures of the alleged iPhone 5 last month, you weren't the only one.

UPDATE: As the internet reels from being tricked again by the iPhone rumour brigade, even more details haves surfaced online, showing that Apple applied for a patent for a smartphone with a changeable camera.

is Apple really toying with the idea of letting picture-loving iPhone users change lenses on the iPhone 5, or are they just toying with our emotions?

Apple's application for a "back panel for a portable electronic device with different camera lens options" included a diagram reminiscent of an opened iPhone with labelled parts.

The application described a design to let users change lenses that typically are fixed in the backs of smartphones to act as eyes for cameras.

"It 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," said a copy of the patent application available online.

The latest rumour comes as the web was tricked into thinking images of a potential iPhone prototype was real after some fairly convincing photos were published on Apple rumour site, 9to5Mac.

Thousands of people were tricked into thinking they were real.

Turns out the photos were renderings created by Flickr user, Martin Hajek based on alleged iPhone parts that were leaked by Apple rumour website, 9to5Mac.

Mr Hajek seemed pretty pleased with himself, boasting on Flickr that he'd even tricked Gizmodo into believing they were real.

"You would think Gizmodo of all blogs would be able to tell a leaked prototype from a leaked rendering!," he wrote on Flickr.

We'd like to join Mr Hajek on the high moral ground, but we too were one of the fooled.

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