iPhone 6 (protruding camera lens, AppleClub.tw 001)

After several alleged production images and rear shell photos published recently have indicated strongly that one or maybe both new iPhone models could feature an iPod touch-style protruding camera ring on the back, a purported three-dimensional render of a device that resembles the iPhone 6 has surfaced today, showing a camera lens that sticks out between 0.67 and 0.77 millimeters…

The image top of post was republished from a Chinese source Wednesday by Apple.club.tw [Google Translate] and relayed by GforGames.

It’s apparently a three-dimensional rendering of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that was probably created as part of the production schematic. The Moiré pattern seen on the image points to the conclusion that a source photographed the render on a computer display.

The website claims that the photo depicts a 4.7-inch device which is ostensibly just 7 millimeters thick.

The accompanying comments suggest that the first prototype had a camera ring on the back protruding 0.77 millimeters. A device named “Proto2” is mentioned as having the camera ring which sticks out some 0.67 millimeters.

The “N56” label seen on the photo is an internal code-name for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. The 5.5-incher has been given a codename of “N61”. French blog NowhereElse.fr was first to report these code-names nearly a month ago.

iPhone 6 (camera ring, Feld and Volk 001)

Pictured above: the protruding iPhone 6 camera ring that Russian luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk posted on its Instagram.

As for the claimed schematic, the “Proto 1” and “Proto 2” labels might point to the conclusion that both handsets — the 4.7-inch version and its 5.5-inch counterpart — feature a camera lens extending outward from the rear cover.

Alternatively, the image could mean that just one of the two new iPhones has a protruding lens, meaning “Proto 1” and “Proto 2” denote prototypes of a single model.

Another possibility: the alleged schematic could be for a sixth-generation iPod touch.

What do you say?

  • Manor

    do you know how many cm the iPod touch 5th gen camera sticks out?

    • Yunsar

      It sticks out because they didn’t have space inside the device. It is too thin. This is also the reason it lacks the ambient light sensor

      • im2slick4u

        He means how many cm does it stick out not why does it stick out.

    • Franklin Richards

      Roughly a mm

  • Domodo

    This is getting absurd. I can live with those thick ugly lines, the meh rounded design instead of the one with chamfered edges like the iPad, but what the hell Apple?!

    • Antzboogie

      The lines dont bother me why is everyone mad lol.

      • Domodo

        They just look out of place, not really pleasing to look at…

  • have_gun_will_travel

    The back of the iPhone, ANY iPhone, should be FLAT. Period!!!

    • Domodo

      Any phone*.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        No I think he really meant iPhone

      • Domodo

        I meant any phone.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Oh lol

      • Jason Baroni

        It fits best for any phone.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        That’s true though

    • Jonathan

      I really think the reason is if someone puts it on a flat table, the mic will be covered, hence the small lift.

      • James Gunaca

        But the mic on iPhones are on the bottom of the phone, not the back?

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        There actually are two microphones in the iPhone, one in the speaker grill on the bottom of the iPhone and one next to the camera. The one on the bottom is used in calls and voice memo’s and the one on the back is used for taking video’s.

      • James Gunaca

        I thought the one on the back was just for noise cancellation when on phone calls. Are you sure it’s also for video?

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Yup, it’s for both

      • have_gun_will_travel

        The mic is on the front, the camera is on the back. If you use the bubble level (in the Compass app) it will never be accurate. Plus, it will hang on EVERYTHING! The reason they would do it is simply because technology doesn’t allow them, at this point, to produce a lens thin enough (with the specs they want) to fit in a shell that thin. If they need to use that camera, make the phone thicker. Every new model does NOT have to be thinner. At this rate, the iPhone 9 will have the same dimensions as a postcard!

      • Rowan09

        The style is going thinner so everyone will follow this trend.

      • Jonathan

        As far as I know, there’s a mic on the back too.
        Apple would probably take into account the uneven balance for a compass.

    • As much as I agree with you Android owners don’t seem to care much. Almost every phone that runs Android has a camera or speaker grill that protrudes from the rear. But hey own phones that run android so what good do they know haha..

      • yermum

        At least with these so called android phones, the manufacturers took the time to make the protrusion look like its meant to be there and part of the device. Not this crap. It looks like nothing more than an afterthought, and a shitty one at that.

      • Lets not go that far. I don’t like it as much as the next person but apple has their reason for everything and I bet a lot of thought went into it. So if its true lets just wait and see what they have in store..

  • mav3rick

    Good, after iOS the phone starts to look Android, too…

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      Android doesn’t have a hardware look, only a software look. This render still looks like an iPhone and is incomparable with any existing Android smartphone.

      • mav3rick

        Say it again when next time they’ll come with a stylus…

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Hahahahahahaahhahaahhah Apple will never ever sell their products with a stylus, it’s the one thing Apple swore to never do, and it never will. If the day ever comes that Apple will deliver a stylus with one of their products I will hang myself.

      • mav3rick

        The last part you should not say. Pointing out just 2 things for now: side power button, protruded camera…

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        I was a bit overexcited but you get the point. I was only talking about the stylus, not about other things like the side power button and the protruded camera.

  • omrishtam

    glad it’s just a rumour

  • Dan

    This is a small detail, but I can see it becoming an annoying one. Won’t it get in the way, get damaged if it gets stuck on something?

    • have_gun_will_travel

      Yes it will, and yes, it will!

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      Well I don’t think it’s a small detail, it’s a fairly big one. Also, yes, I think the metal ring around the lens could be damaged but the lens is made out of sapphire (just like the lens of previous iPhones) so that’s pretty hard to damage, unless you damage it on purpose.

  • @dongiuj

    With a case, not a problem. Without? Fugly and annoying when placed on a hard flat surface.

    • Domodo

      Then they might as well make the phone plastic if they intend for us to hide the back with a case!

      • @dongiuj

        Why? I never use a plastic case. A case helps to make the phone look different too. You never use a case?

      • Domodo

        Nope, no case here. I love the design of most Apple devices and I prefer not to hide it. Cases do make it look different, but they ruin the feel of the device in the hand, make it bulkier and worst of all, they hide it

      • Rigs101

        I thought I was the only one who felt like this I’ve only owned one case and it lasted 1 day before I gave it away

      • @dongiuj

        I understand what you’re saying and to some extent I agree but for a majority of iPhone users (I would imagine) a case will be used.

    • Jamessmooth

      That just means you’re putting it down wrong… Don’t worry tho, Apple will show you how. 😀

  • Jordan

    This is awful!! Why the hell would they do that!? The damn thing won’t be flat when u lay it down and that Lens is defiantly going get stuck on things in ur pocket and possibly break. This is terrible I might be sticking with the 5S.

  • sosarozay300

    these “leaks” are making the iphone 6 look ugly as shit, if theyre true im getting a android phone this september

    • Saeed Ghattas

      You don’t buy an iPhone only because how it looks like. Not only.
      You should try using android before saying that. And then decide 🙂 I think you would get this “UGLY” iphone rather than an android

      • Donovan

        Note 4 > this rumored iPhone 6

      • sosarozay300

        lol ive had both for years and still do, i have a android tablet and a iphone 5s, and im starting to like the note 4 after having the note 2 a year or 2 ago i kinda miss the big screen, so if apple fucks up, im getting a note 4

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  • Jason Baroni

    I am curious to see how symmetrical will be the camera lined and spaced with these antennas. Just waiting for the oficial release to make give an only opinion.

    • Alberto Espinal

      Jason and i’m curious to see when its laid flat on the back with the cam sticking out

      • Jason Baroni

        Just take a look at the current iPod touch, man.

      • Alberto Espinal

        Good idea, i will!!

  • Alberto Espinal

    Lots of people are annoyed by the design but then again those are the ones that are going to be making a line at the Apple Store

    • @dongiuj

      No they won’t. Never have and never will. That’s just for people without a life….or a brain for that matter.
      I bet you’ve waited in one of those lines, haven’t you? Yeah you have. Go on, admit it.

      • Alberto Espinal

        To tell you the truth i have never, thats just crazy to make a line like that, i buy mine unlocked and cash!

  • Marly Marl

    This wud never happen under Steve Jobs’ Ruling

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    This looks really bad, and wouldn’t that increase the chances of the camera being damaged?

    • I haven’t seen an iPod touch 5th gen with a damaged camera yet, it must be pretty durable.

  • Moac

    As an iPhone 5 user wanting to upgrade to an device with significantly better battery and a sleeker design. I am not impressed, this looks more like a prototype with protruding cameras etc.

    Will either get an iPhone 7 or a new Android, LOVE the look of Android L , so stylish.

    • Saeed Ghattas

      Steve jobs said once that he never looked at the market share of a product, he only looked at how good it is and how wonderful it is in a matter of USE!
      So yes, I don’t want the microsoft windows even if it has the biggest market share!
      I rather use the non virus, non spam, non lag, non drivers, more secure OS!
      I choose Apple in that matter.

  • n0ahcruz3

    This is what happens when your’re obsessed with being thin and want to improve camera lol. I hope this isnt true cause that thing is hideous lmfao

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    All I wanna know is what the megapixel count is( I know it doesnt matter but still) and if we’ll be able to record 4K videos.

  • If you press it, it comes out a bit more and you can put a strap around it too !

  • mickey

    Obviously apple doesn’t want you to put the phone down. I kid I kid. I’d prefer if it didn’t protrude but 0.67mm isn’t a big deal. I’ve dealt with it on android phones before and they held up fine.

  • M Last

    looks really ugly

  • Feby Kristianto

    Make it Flat Please… 🙁

  • Manuel Molina

    Apple’s obsession with the iPhone becoming thinner and thinner is slowly becoming annoying as time goes on.

    For one, the CPU will over heat and kill your battery overtime. I can’t tell you how hot my iPhone 5S gets just for using Apple or Google Maps with nothing running in the background. The battery is a long debated argument, and the fact that a thinner phone is all they continue to produce is becoming very disappointing.

  • jack


  • All rumors. Calm down.

  • D4x3n0

    And everyone will think that iPhone 6 will feel like this when you hold it.

  • Martynet

    I hope it’s not true. I’d prefer thicker phone with bigger battery.

  • JulianZH

    the design is so bad and ugly….

  • Bisikan Syaiton

    It would be ugly on other phones, but on iPhone, it is just perfect!

  • Bisikan Syaiton

    Those who have bought the ugly clip lenses, shoud have not commented on this article. Ive got it from you guys..

  • Jack White

    I would much rather they made the iPhone 6 thicker so it would not only be flat when you put it on its back, but have space for a bigger and better battery! That’s one of the few things I want from the next iPhone!

  • CtKiDd78

    iPhone 5S looks so much better than this!

  • Deane

    Having a protruding lens, the phone can’t lie flat on its back. That is the single stupidest design flaw since the iPhone 4 hand-holidng short-circuiting antenna Death Grip fiasco. Free cases for everyone?

  • Deane

    Also, 6 iterations of the iPhone and they STILL HAVEN’T GIVEN US STEREO SPEAKERS! Please Apple, a L speaker at the top and a R speaker at the bottom.

  • Chest Rockwell

    This stupid and foolishly placed camera is one reason why I’d never buy the iPhone 6. The other reasons are the ridiculous price and the fact that it bends.