Apple is generally happy to let other companies design the accessories for its smartphones, tablets and computers. There are a few notable exceptions to the rule however, and a new patent awarded to Cupertino today details a fancy iPhone camera remote filed back in March 2009 that could one day be sold at Apple Stores around the world.
The device, referred to in the patent as “System and methods for remote camera control,” essentially allows the user to control their smartphone camera from a distance using a smaller computer. The remote includes a screen so you can see what you’re photographing and quickly review your pictures. It also has controls to switch from photo to video mode and even to turn the camera on. The entire thing connects to your phone via wireless connection, likely either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
There are already other products on the market which serve a similar purpose, but most can’t match the amount of control over your iPhone described by Apple, nor do they provide the built-in screen to preview your photos. Also, the patent generally looks like a method for capturing selfies – though that problem was easily solved with the addition of a front-facing camera. Apple’s iPhone camera remote might appeal to hardcore hobby photographers, if it were ever to see the light of day, but it may never advance that far.