Why was the camera ring removed in 5s/5c?

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  1. thadoggfather macrumors 604

    thadoggfather

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    Aesthetically, it looks ugly to me. Like a fake back or something, reminiscent of those 4/4s custom backs that didn't have a flash diffuser. A bit off.

    But I'm wondering if they removed the camera ring to reduce/eliminate purple flare?
     
  2. supermassive macrumors regular

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    I suppose, to build those capacitive home button rings

    dunno, but i doubt that lensflare was the reason. Lensflares are created by the lens-system, hence the name.
     
  3. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    I'm guessing it was just a matter of design aesthetic.
     
  4. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    Back in the iPhone 4 I believe the ring was used as the bluetooth antenna. Not sure if that translated to the iPhone 5. Not sure what happened to it with the 5s however.
     
  5. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors 604

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  6. Charadis macrumors 6502a

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    I had noticed this, too, when I observed the press pics of the 5 before launch. I'm wondering if there was any point to the metal rings in the first place, or if it was purely aesthetic. And if the latter, why could the camera lens cutout on the glass inlay be enlarged and implement the metal rings?

    It's just a minor detail, but I've always admired it since my first iPhone. I've noticed custom backs seem to usually lack that part.
     
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