Feeds

Apple patents the super-soaraway selfie system of the future

No longer need fanbois fear a 'drop event'

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Apple has embarked on a mission to allow fanbois to take the best quality mobile phone selfies in the history of humanity.

As well as a new section in the iTunes store specifically dedicated to "Sharing Selfie" apps which allow fanbois to share pictures of their ugly mug, the fruity firm has patented a system to allow them to fix lenses to an iPhone.

Apps for the self-obsessed include sexting enabler Snapchat and something called Front Flash, which is dedicated to helping low light exposure. But not of the rude kind, obviously.

The patent is full of references to rotating members and bayonets, which sounds pretty painful.

Yet this just relates to a bayonet lens attachment system. In a nod to Apple's Magsafe plug, which loosely connects to a laptop using magnets to prevent any disastrous tugging incidents, the fruity firm's new system allows the lens to detach in the case of "a drop event".

"Attachment mechanisms are provided," the patent says. "The attachment mechanisms may be configured to couple accessory devices, such as lens devices to an electronic device. For example, a lens may be coupled to the exterior of an electronic device with first and second attachment mechanisms.”

Selfie was Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year in 2013 and describes a social phenomenon which has become far too pervasive.

It has recently been blamed for soaring interest in plastic surgery and looks set to render the next generation the most boring, vain and self-obsessed to date. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays
Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away
Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.