Singapore Carriers to Offer Camera-less iPhone 4S Models

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Jakarta Globe reports that Apple's three carrier partners in Singapore are making plans to offer iPhone 4S models lacking cameras, with the move said to be targeting members of the military who are prohibited from bringing camera-equipped phones onto their bases. Carrier M1 even briefly offered camera-less models on its website earlier this week.


    "iPhone 4S Non Camera" listing on M1's site (Source: CNET Asia)
    The camera-less phones are not, however, an officially-sanctioned product offered by Apple, as the carriers are simply removing the cameras from the standard devices before sale and charging a premium for the service. The modification also voids Apple's warranty on the device.
    Singapore is of course not alone in its restrictions on camera-enabled phones, as many other governments and private companies place restrictions on such devices in sensitive locations. But the effort by Singapore's carriers appears to be the most official and organized attempt to address those needs for iPhone users.

    Article Link: Singapore Carriers to Offer Camera-less iPhone 4S Models
  2. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I'm guessing they do this with both the front and back cameras? Do they replace the back and front with pieces that don't have holes for the camera? I think that would solve the problem of needing a certificate to verify that the cameras were actually removed. If they can make back plates with the apple logo being transparent to allow it to shine then I don't see why they can't make ones without the holes for the camera.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
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    I like how they're camera-less iPhone has instagram as one of the apps in notification center
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    I also like how M1's photo shows an iPhone with a forward-facing camera. :rolleyes:
  5. M-O
    macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    that's not the camera, its the camera window. you'd need a completely redesigned case if you want to remove those.
  6. macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2011
    i wonder how much they get for selling those cameras on ebay...
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    Plenty of corporate and government institutions around the world have a no camera policy. Apple in the UK sell iMacs and MacBook Pro computers that have no cameras or mics.
  8. macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    The front and back plates are glass; the openings for the camera lens are just sections that haven't been painted over black or white. You just paint over them or maybe just affix electricians tape.

    The iSuppli BOM estimate for the iPhone 4S lists the estimated cost at $17.60 for the camera module.
  9. macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Or, they could just be using the stock Apple photos, rather than taking their own photos.
  10. macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    NY State
    US Federal buildings too...

    US Federal buildings often prohibit cameras as well. A friend of mines dad is a federal prosecutor and every time I enter his building I get hosed down of anything with a camera....
    Blackberry has long been selling models of their phone with both a camera option and a no camera option for that reason. I don't see why Apple can't offer that option...I mean its not their style but its relatively easy to do. Back camera is an easy fix; change the backplate and the front camera might be a bit more difficult but still do-able and just sell it with an OS that doesn't have the camera app....
  11. macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2010
    Given that the photo shows the weather in Cupertino, yep, that's what it looks like.
  12. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Do they? Never seen/heard that...I'm assuming its to-order only as the stores and site dont show any option to not have a camera/mic.
  13. macrumors member


    Nov 16, 2011
    Apple displays all have cameras now

    AFAIK Apple displays all have built-in cameras now and you apparently cannot simply disconnect the cable. I would think Apple should make a no-camera option for their displays too, no? How hard can it be?
  14. Teo Morabito, Jan 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012

    macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2011
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2012
    not the camera

    hi everyone am new who would like to dive me a tour bcos i don't know wat am doing and thats not a camera bcos it doesnt have a camera app and i haven seen it before


    hi teo


    hi 3bs am new would u like to teach me how to use the macrumors
  16. macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    My work has a cameraless policy too wish they would make more phones without cameras as I don't use it anyway and it would drive the price down a bit.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    So... what if someone buys a camera-less device, gets a certificate proving that their device lacks a camera, and then puts cameras back into the device...?


    edit: this case would only be likely if the carrier leaves the holes for both cameras intact.

    Also, does this remove the camera's flash as well?
  18. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    It is easier to do on computers as the camera and mic location is pretty easy and all they have to do is not drill out a hole for them for the front plat as well. not so much for the phones and phones are much more mass production than a computer is.

    The only company that is big on it is blackberry but their bread and butter is enterprise and security so they take care of that market before they even touch the consumer market.
    I want to say some MS power phones do it as well but they general are custom orders from different manufactures. I just do not see Apple bothering to do it as it is would not be a large enough money maker.
  19. justperry, Jan 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2012

    macrumors 603


    Why make it difficult by removing both camera's while you can do it much easier.

    They could for instance ask Apple to remove the drivers (APi's) for the camera.

    Damage the lens with an abrasive solution, yes that is possible.

    Use a reasonable low powered laser to damage the sensor chip inside the camera, I am not an expert on this but think a 300 Mw laser would do the trick.

    Use a small drill to damage the camera but this one is a bit brutal.

    The best of the above options would probably the laser one, I don't own an iPhone but I think the front camera is not accessible so can't be done with the other above options.

    Edit : I had the Mw wrong, of course its (300) mW
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2007
    A 300MW laser would instantly melt the whole phone...if they made them haha
  21. macrumors 603


    Thanks for pointing Me out the mistake HaHa;)

    Edited My post (300 mW)

    Yup 300MWatts would not only instantly melt the Phone but also blow the whole Building:eek:

    People make mistakes, one common mistake is Gb versus GB for instance.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2007
    I just found the idea of a 300MW laser quite hard feelings!
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    20-50 MW would destroy the optical sensor without trashing the glass...

    Imagine Sweatshops with iFixit tool kits dismantling iPhones and prying out CMOS cameras... do they realize it's a closed circuit... :D

    Should be fun to watch... I wonder if the Slingapore Apple shop will accept exchanges :D
  24. macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
    Yes, remove the camera but keep the GPS for safety. :rolleyes:
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2007

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