So Jony Ive doesn't like the camera bulge on the iPhone 6

Rogifan

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That's according to Business Insider which interviewed a former Apple intern named Brad.

http://www.donotlink.com/fpp1

If that's true I'd be very curious to know how they finally settled on keeping the camera bulge instead of making the phone thicker. Did they have prototypes with a flush camera that didn't feel as good in the hand or were slightly harder to hold? Or were they dogmatic about the thickness and as much as Ive hated the bulge, that trumped everything else? One can imagine if Ive is not a fan of the camera bulge he's not a fan of the antenna lines either, so it will be interesting to see if either of those are adjusted with the phones this fall. I'm not a fan of either but I must say my 6 is the best feeling in the hand iPhone I've ever owned. I'm using one of Apple's silicon cases which has been incredibly durable and smudge proof. I couldn't be happier but I certainly won't mind seeing the bulge and antenna lines go away.
 
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That's according to Business Insider which interviewed a former Apple intern named Brad.

http://www.donotlink.com/fpp1

If that's true I'd be very curious to know how they finally settled on keeping the camera bulge instead of making the phone thicker. Did they have prototypes with a flush camera that didn't feel as good in the hand or were slightly harder to hold? Or were they dogmatic about the thickness and as much as Ive hated the bulge, that trumped everything else? One can imagine if Ive is not a fan of the camera bulge he's not a fan of the antenna lines either, so it will be interesting to see if either of those are adjusted with the phones this fall. I'm not a fan of either but I must say my 6 is the best feeling in the hand iPhone I've ever owned. I'm using one of Apple's silicon cases which has been incredibly durable and smudge proof. I couldn't be happier but I certainly won't mind seeing the bulge and antenna lines go away.
We've known he hasn't liked the bulge for a long time. He first mentioned it in an interview several months ago.

From recent photos, poor Sir Jonathan has something of a battle of the bulge himself. :)
 

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I'm not a fan of either but I must say my 6 is the best feeling in the hand iPhone I've ever owned.
I would agree with that - only caveat being I find it a bit slippery compared to the 4, my other fave (5 was not as solid as 4, and not as light and easy as 6). The antenna never bothered me-the bulge does mainly because I like to set my phone face down (no one's business who calls or texts me ;) ) but my Griffin Reveal solves that.
 

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So it's been almost a year. Sure the 6S won't have that camera bulge right? Same for the antenna lines. On the 4/4S/5/5S they were very minimal and actually looked good breaking up the design a bit but on the 6/6+ they completely ruin the back, especially on the silver and gold models. Makes the phone look cheap.

I can imagine Ive and co. can find a way to make an all-metal backed iPhone now that they've figured it out on the MacBook which is also all-metal yet still has reception to wireless networks. Here's for a great iPhone without a protruding camera and ugly antenna bands.
 

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I will give it a 50-50 chance hat the bulge will STILL be there on the 6S. I hope Apple just makes the phone slightly thicker if they can't get all the guts of the phone inside the case. I am thinking it might be the iPhone 7 before we see this but Apple could surprise us.

As far as antenna bands I will take great RF performance over looks any day. I never see my antenna bands anyway except once a week when I remove my Sedio Surface case to clean things up.
 
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I would agree with that - only caveat being I find it a bit slippery compared to the 4, my other fave (5 was not as solid as 4, and not as light and easy as 6). The antenna never bothered me-the bulge does mainly because I like to set my phone face down (no one's business who calls or texts me ;) ) but my Griffin Reveal solves that.
Well I use a case so don't deal with any slipperiness and it covers the antenna lines.
 

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So it's been almost a year. Sure the 6S won't have that camera bulge right? Same for the antenna lines. On the 4/4S/5/5S they were very minimal and actually looked good breaking up the design a bit but on the 6/6+ they completely ruin the back, especially on the silver and gold models. Makes the phone look cheap.

I can imagine Ive and co. can find a way to make an all-metal backed iPhone now that they've figured it out on the MacBook which is also all-metal yet still has reception to wireless networks. Here's for a great iPhone without a protruding camera and ugly antenna bands.
I'm doubtful we'll see a big design change this year. Maybe slightly darker antenna lines so they blend in more (not sure what they'd do with the gold one though). I don't see the phone getting thicker just to get rid of the camera bulge otherwise they would never have had it in the first place. But if force touch or something else requires a thicker phone then the bulge might be gone. Unless the camera team is able to work magic and make a better camera without requiring a thicker phone?
 

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Sadly I think the bands are here to stay till the 7 -which is pitiful. If they could change them now I really doubt they would and will just save it for the 7 next year.

I hope force touch forces the iPhone to be thicker, at least then there's good hope the camera bulge will be gone. It is very 50/50, though.
 

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To lose the bulge for the 6/6+ launch the camera would have had to be a step backwards which would have been bad news. But a year on things are different. There have been a few developments that could lose the bulge and keep us just above the current camera mp or if the bulge is kept we could see a jump up.
 

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Ok this photo from today is interesting...I don't see visible antenna lines on the back of Jony's space gray phone. Maybe it's just the poor quality of the photo. Or could he perhaps be using a prototype 6S and they've figured out a way to make the antenna lines blend with the aluminum case better?

 

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Lets stay on topic. I removed some posts that were veering off the bunny trail.
 

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If the bands have to stay, why not embrace them and give them a bit of contrast. I think black bands on the SG model would look better rather than this warm murky grey that they currently are.
 

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apple will replqce
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apple will replace home button to force touch

applec will replace 16 gb storage to 32
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will have on iphone 7 late 2016
 

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It looks like Apple has engaged Jobs' "reality distortion" effect. Here's the info from the "Identify your iPhone model" page at Apple.com... and notice the lack of camera bulge on both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201296
 

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apple will replqce
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apple will replqce
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