The more I see of the iPhone 15 Pro, the more I hate it


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We’re only months away from the fall season, which is typically when Apple announces the next generation of iPhone and Apple Watch. This year, we’re expecting the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro alongside the Apple Watch Series 9. This means that the iPhone rumor mill is in full swing, and we’ve been getting a lot of iPhone 15 news lately.

Over the weekend, 9to5Mac released an exclusive report with new renderings and details of what the iPhone 15 Pro will look like. Though it sounds like it’s going to be an impressive upgrade in terms of specs, I just can’t help but hate how it actually looks — at least, with that super chunky camera bump.

It’s time to rethink the camera design

A closeup of the iPhone 14 Pro camera bump from the side
Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

If you take a look at the renderings of the iPhone 15 Pro, you’ll notice that the camera bump is just getting even larger. I thought the iPhone 14 Pro had a big, chunky camera bump — but the iPhone 15 Pro may take that and turn it up to 11.

In this render image from 9to5Mac that shows how the camera bump looks from a side view, it almost looks as thick as the rest of the iPhone 15 Pro body itself. And that is absolutely ridiculous. We’re talking about the cameras — it’s a bump that may be as thick as an entire phone, making it twice as thick in one part on the back. The result? It will be impossible to lay flat on a table or even a wireless charging pad that doesn’t use MagSafe.

iPhone 15 Pro render showing camera bump from side

From the rumors, it seems that the iPhone 15 Pro will be getting larger lenses and sensors, while the rumored periscope lens will only be on the iPhone 15 Pro Max model, further differentiating the two Pro devices. Regardless, perhaps it’s time for Apple to think of a different way to implement the cameras. The three-lens array in a square in the corner just doesn’t work when it’s becoming as thick as the phone body itself.

Let’s take a look at some competing Android phones that also feature large sensors and periscope lenses. Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra, for example, has a massive 200MP main camera and 10MP periscope lens for that impressive optical zoom. But take a look at the camera array, and you’ll see that while it does stick out, it’s nearly as…