Yes, boys and girls, guys and gals, friends, family and neighbors, it’s Apple’s iPhone. At least, it’s the most popular camera according to Apple and Flickr, but, hey, close enough. The latest iPhone camera looks to be a healthy improvement over last year’s model except for one thing.
Dude, What’s With The Bump?
iPhone 6 Plus appears to have a new camera to die for. There’s optical image stabilization. Faster focus. Slower slow motion. Full on 1080p HD video. Time-lapse video.
What’s not to like about the camera in iPhone 6? With a new feature called Focus Pixels iPhone 6 can focus faster, and focus even while you take videos.
The new iPhone better detects faces, and has improved exposure controls. Even the FaceTime HD camera– the one you use for selfies and usies (which is like a selfie but with more than one person)– is improved.
Again, what’s not to like?
Well, let’s start with the lens bump. It’s like a baby bump for a camera lens, a protruding lip with a gold pout, the end result of a designer’s fetish for thin at all costs.
The iPhone 6 camera has a bump, a ring around the lens that protrudes beyond the phone’s body. You know, just like Samsung’s Galaxy S5 flagship. See? Apple copies Samsung again.
It’s not as though Apple is actually hiding the lens baby bump from view. It’s just that Apple’s iPhone 6 camera website takes care not to show the prominent bump in profile view.
Why is the bump there? I can think of four basic reasons.
Reason #1 – Apple design honcho Jony Ive forgot that the new camera would be too large to fit inside the iPhone 6 case design, and said, ‘Oh well, my bad. Just let it hang out.’
Reason #2 – The iPhone 6 has a curved, smooth, rounded body which might be difficult to pick up, so becomes easier to handle and pickup thanks to the protruding camera lens which lifts it up.
Reason #3 – Who cares? The bump will get covered up by the camera’s case anyway (because everyone buys a case).
Reason #4 – Despite reports to the contrary, Apple is not completely 100-percent all about form over function. Thin and light is better, yes, but an obnoxious design-detracting blemish bump is OK if it means a dramatic improvement in the camera’s capabilities, and, well, Reason #3.
I’m going with what’s behind Door #3, Monty.