A Flickr user admitted that he made the fake iPhone 5 photo, which surfaced as the blueprint for changeable lens feature of the device.
There is no stopping rumors from emerging as the release date of the upcoming iPhone 5 nears. One of the rumors that emerged last week is the possibility of changeable lenses in the camera system of Apple's new flagship phone due to the recently filed patent of the company.
It turns out that the photo was from Flickr user Martin Hajek, which he 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 even tricked prime tech website Gizmodo into believing the photos were real.
"You would think Gizmodo of all blogs would be able to tell a leaked prototype from a leaked rendering!," he mockingly wrote on Flickr.
However, the new patent is still in question if it will be applied on the new iPhone 5. If ever, the new camera will include a digital imaging subsystem and an optical-axis lens covered by a removable back panel, which is a first for iPhone. This means that if the patent application pushes through, the device will allow users to open the back panel without disrupting the digital imaging subsystem to change the lens or take black and white photos at low light levels.
According to the patent application, "as the quality of digital images that can be obtained with highly compact devices increases, there is increasing demand for sophisticated features."
iPhone's camera system is usually encased within the device for protection. However, the company said in its patent application that 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."
A potential camera feature that could be included in the device is a close-up lens that reduces the minimum focal distance, allowing extreme macro photography. According to the patent application, Apple could also be working in including better shutter speeds, providing better control of image exposure.
Australia is one of the prime markets of Apple's iPhone. In a survey conducted in 2010, 93% of phones or mobile devices used in accessing the internet in Australia and NZ are iPhone iOS. This proves that there are a lot iPhone users in Australia.
If this is proven true, picture-loving iPhone users as well as professional photographers and photography enthusiasts will benefit from this new great feature.
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