“Apple is investigating the use of bayonet lens mounts — one of the most common lens attachment mechanisms used in modern photography — in its iOS device lineup, suggesting the company is mulling interchangeable lens accessories for its iOS device lineup,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider. “An Apple patent issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday describes a mechanism by which an iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPod, may be fitted with a bayonet mount onto which various lens types can be fastened.”

“As noted in Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,687,299 for “Bayonet attachment mechanisms,” the bayonet mount is both utile and aesthetically pleasing, two attributes paramount in any Apple product design,” Campbell reports. “The mount correctly aligns and securely attaches lenses to a device body while keeping a relatively inconspicuous profile when not in use.”

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“A second attachment mechanism configured to couple to the first attachment mechanism may include stationary bayonets extending from a base,”Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The aperture defined by the bayonets may be configured to receive the second attachment mechanism axially therethrough,” Purcher reports. “Once the first and second attachment mechanisms are joined in this manner, they may be rotated relative to one another. The rotation may cause the bayonets of the second attachment mechanism to press against the bayonets of the first attachment mechanism.”

Much more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]