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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending January 31

John Cox | Feb. 4, 2014
There's nothing like a document, with quotable information, to get the iOSphere's juices and rumors flowing. One document that surfaced this week fueled anew rumors that the iPhone 6 will have the almost scratch-proof synthetic sapphire screen.

One of the patents was covered when the application was filed in 2012.

Essentially, the ideas seem to be creating a removable case for the imaging system, and then allowing attachments to be fitted, for a wide angle lens or for electrical components for zoom or for image stabilization.

"The removable case portion includes components that can substantially change the optical characteristics of the subsystem," Campbell writes.

The U.S. patents are No. 8,638,369 for a "back panel for a portable electronic device with different camera lens options" and No. 8,639,106 for a "magnetic add-on lenses with alignment ridge."

One example of an optional attachment a mounting with a trio of different lenses that can be rotated into position — looks like this

What it seems like is an internal version of something like Olloclip's 4-in-1 lens, which clips on to the iPhone over the existing camera giving you four options: a fish-eye lens, a wide-angle lens, and a choice of two macros. Check out this October 2013 CNET review

Don't hold your breath, part deux.

 

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