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Apple's new iPad Pro inherits the iPhone's camera bump

Apple's new iPad Pro inherits the iPhone's camera bump

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When Apple announced the iPhone 6, the camera bump was its secret shame. Eventually, people got used to it, even embraced it — after all, lots of smartphones have camera bumps on them. But the bump has shown up again, this time on the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Understandably, Apple didn't exactly call attention to this aspect of its tablet's design during its announcement, but it's clear as day in the promotional material.

This bump didn't appear on the first iPad Pro, presumably because the larger 12.9-inch display means more room inside to shuffle components about. But with the smaller Pro and its 12-megapixel camera (better than the 8-megapixel camera on its bigger brother), there apparently just wasn't enough space. And bump, there it is:

The question is, how much will people care? On the one hand you can argue (as many did with the iPhone), that once you put a case on the device, the bump basically disappears. On the other, less forgiving hand, you might say that if you're going to use any mobile device while laying it flat on a table, it's going to be your tablet. Is the bump going to mean a wobbly iPad? And what about drawing on it using the stylus? Well, if it is wobbly, at least Apple might sell a few more cases.