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Apple iPhone X to iPhone 14 Pro camera and design comparison highlights bumpy ride and missed opportunity

The Apple iPhone 14 Pro is expected to turn up with big changes in regard to its camera equipment and bump. (Image source: Ian Zelbo/Apple - edited)
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro is expected to turn up with big changes in regard to its camera equipment and bump. (Image source: Ian Zelbo/Apple - edited)
A talented 3D artist has put together an image comparing the rear sides of five of the most recent Apple iPhones to visually highlight exactly what is going on with the overall design and the camera bump. The contrast between the iPhone X and the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro is especially striking. The lineup also reveals a missed opportunity for Apple.

Ian Zelbo has built up a handsome reputation for his concept renderings and now the artist has produced a handy comparison image of five iPhones. Although the Apple iPhone 14 Pro has not been released yet, Zelbo has managed to produce his rendering thanks to the numerous leaks, rumors, and drawings that have been floating around. Obviously, the first thing that stands out, literally, is the camera bump. The growth of the housing from the iPhone X with its dual-camera system to the iPhone 14 Pro with its rumored triple sensor array is particularly impressive.

Apple iPhone camera and design comparison. (Image source: Ian Zelbo)
Apple iPhone camera and design comparison. (Image source: Ian Zelbo)

The phones included in the lineup are the iPhone X from 2017, 2019’s iPhone 11 Pro (no room for 2018’s iPhone Xs), the iPhone 12 Pro from 2020, 2021’s iPhone 13 Pro, and the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro. The most startling leap, in terms of the camera bump, actually seems to occur between the iPhone X and iPhone 11 Pro thanks to the addition of another lens. While the iPhone 12 Pro looks like a case of rinse and repeat, there was considerable growth for the camera housing to the iPhone 13 Pro, and the iPhone 14 Pro’s solution actually spreads out over half the width of the rear side. It leaves one to wonder how big the iPhone 15 Pro's camera bump may be - something that Zelbo has had a light-hearted crack at showing (see below).

The main camera sensor in the iPhone has purportedly taken an overall leap in terms of MP size after Cupertino stuck with 12 MP as the magic figure for a long time. The iPhone X’s camera system led with a 12 MP sensor and although the Apple iPhone 11 Pro upgraded to a triple-camera setup, the megapixel count remained at 12. This has been the same for both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro, with Apple making refinements and improvements in other areas of the camera equipment without bowing down to peer pressure for sometimes pointlessly high MP counts. But there is a belief that the iPhone 14 Pro will have a 48 MP primary sensor, which would be a huge change for the popular Apple smartphone range.

As for the missed opportunity shown in this rendering, which Zelbo points out, is the fact that these iPhone Pro models come in the graphite color option but not in black. You can still buy the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 mini directly from Apple with black as a color choice while the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are offered in “Midnight”, which is basically black with a touch of navy blue to it. Buyers of the iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max have to settle for graphite, so it could be argued that Apple is missing a trick here by not offering iPhone Pro models in black. This is unlikely to be rectified in the iPhone 14 range, with graphite likely being the closest option once again.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-08-17 (Update: 2022-08-17)