Although I'm not a fan of rumored iPhone 6 parts, there's probably one exception and that's a photo from Australia's Sonny Dickson who has a rather good track record for leaked photos of upcoming iDevices. This time around he's posted a few new photos that he's certain are for real. The photos show a unique ring around the camera lens. What is that for? It's very possible it pertains to an Apple invention that we covered earlier this year. In that patent filing, Apple noted that "a lens may be coupled to the exterior of an electronic device with first and second attachment mechanisms." Our report shows you Sony Dickson's photo and one key Apple patent figure to see how the two could be figuratively one and the same.
In the past, Apple has had various product prototypes in the wild that never materialized. One good example would be the iPad with a landscape port. We covered it as a design patent and as you could see if you followed the link above, that Apple actually had a prototype of it. Obviously they ditched the idea – for at least the time being. So while the Sonny Dickson's photo may in fact be that of a prototype, considering the many dings that we see in the photo, it doesn't mean that it will go beyond the prototype stage.
Apple's Patent Pending Invention: Camera Lens Attachment Mechanism
The protrusion visibly seen in the camera lens area of the Sonny Dickson photo matches that which was presented in our patent report titled "Apple Reveals New Camera Lens Attachment System for iDevices," posted back in March of this year.
While on the surface I think that it's a dead-on match, I'm still not sure Apple's Jony Ive would ever design something that would protrude so rudely from the body of the iPhone 6. Is it a design compromise or just a first generation prototype that'll never see the light of day?
Keep in mind that Apple does in fact have an alternative camera lens system design on tap that uses magnets. That could very well be seen as a more "designer friendly" approach to delivering a zoom lens feature to the iPhone 6 considering that it's to have a metal back panel. It would be an easy on, easy off solution that's more "Apple like.'
Though for now, it's all conjecture. The iPhone 6's debut is only a few short weeks away and while we'll be looking for a new camera lens feature to be announced, I won't be overly surprised if it doesn't pan out. Then again, we can always hope.