As you may know, during Google I/O, Sundar Pichai & Co (surprisingly) unveiled Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro about five months before their official release. While we don’t have any confirmed technical details about the Pixel 7 series yet, what’s for sure is that the new Pixels will take after last year’s Pixel 6 and bring back the “camera bar” design. “, which is slowly but steadily becoming that of Google. most recognized visual trait. But, of course, those of you who love their tech conspiracy theories stretchedsurely would have noticed something familiar about the design of the Pixel 7 Pro’s camera bar, which houses three camera sensors.
Turns out the Pixel 7 Pro’s back now looks like a blown-out version of the unannounced iPhone 14 Pro’s front, which will house an i-shaped cutout for Face ID and the sensors of the Pixel 7 Pro. camera. Isn’t that ironic?
So let’s take a quick look at why the rear camera design of the Google Pixel 7 Pro looks like this; why the iPhone 14 Pro’s screen cutout will look eerily similar, and of course answers the latest (and critically important!) conspiracy theory in the world of smartphone tech…
Did Google copy Apple or did Apple copy Google?
Why iPhone 14 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro designs matter a lot more than you thought
To start, you might be wondering why we are discussing this little detail, regarding the design of the iPhone 14 Pro and the Pixel 7 Pro, which is why I will start by explaining why there is much more than what you thought…
The front of your phone should also be recognizable, and Apple is betting on that
Let’s start with Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max and their i-shaped dual punch-hole screen cutout.
As you know it, Apple like to do things differently. This is why the company has chosen and sticks to the notch on iPhones for five consecutive years. Is it pretty? Not really. Does this make the iPhone recognizable from a mile away? Sure. For those with impeccable eyesight.
In 2017, the notch made the iPhone X and all subsequent models stand out from the crowd of Android phones that would soon follow the hole-punch trend, officially launched by Honor and the Honor View 20.
Did Apple’s plan work? Absolutely. In fact, I dare say that the iPhone is the only recognizable phone seen from the front. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s better than any other device. But you can surely tell it’s an iPhone, which matters to Apple.
Cupertino loves devices that market themselves. The old iPhone design (still seen on the iPhone SE) is just as stubborn and stuck around much longer than it needed to, but there was no other phone with such thick bezels and the iconic Touch ID home button, so it worked for Apple. Respectively, the notch was Apple’s way of continuing the tradition of unique iPhones.
Of course, let’s not forget that it also houses a complex array of Face ID sensors alongside a 12MP selfie camera that takes the best 4K selfie videos in the game. So it’s definitely not just there for looks. …
That being said, Apple could have simply tucked Touch ID behind the power button and called it a day, allowing the iPhone X to have a smaller cutout for a simple selfie shooter. By not doing this, Tim Cook & Co made a conscious choice to have a huge notch with Face ID, which will likely exist on future iPhones for at least another 2-3 years.
Rear camera bump design morphed into a second logo for Apple and Google
Phones are getting ridiculously expensive, which means people are keeping them in cases, prompting manufacturers to find other ways to stand out. It’s that simple!
The camera system on midrange and flagship phones gets the most attention from phone makers and buyers anyway, so why not put all the focus on it? Literally as well as figuratively.
Apple’s iconic camera triangle, pioneered by the iPhone 11 series, and Google’s new camera bar are about as iconic as they come. In fact, I’d say Google’s design will help the company’s flagships become the most recognizable set of phones in the future.
The camera bump design on the iPhone 14 Pro has a functional purpose; Pixel 7 Pro fixes Google’s previously wrong camera order
And if you ever thought that the camera bump on every phone was just a matter of aesthetics, think again!
For starters, if the camera bump is designed symmetrically, it will hold your phone flat when placed on a table. A small detail, but I can name a few people on our team who find wonky phones rather annoying. My Pixel 6 Pro is the best phone for those who do. Humble boastfulness.
Camera placement helps zoom in and out…
It’s true! I’ve written about this in the past, but one of the reasons iPhones have smoother zoom than most other phones on the market is that the triangular camera design places the three lenses of the iPhones Pro at the same physical distance from each other. So when you switch from ultra-wide cameras to wide and zoom cameras, you get virtually the same lag in your field of view, which is unavoidable anyway.
The Pixel 7 Pro has its three cameras positioned in the correct order: ultra-wide – wide – zoom. The wide camera is your default camera, and it constantly switches between the other two – left and right, so it makes sense that it sits in the environment. This is the perfect scenario if you have a bar and not a triangle for your camera design.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro design: Did Google copy Apple or did Apple copy Google?
And we come to the question that some Google and Apple fanatics have been raising on Twitter and… OK, especially Twitter. Did Google copy Apple’s double i-shaped punch hole or did Apple copy Google’s i-shaped camera bar? Or is it all a coincidence?
For starters, when it comes to the iPhone 14 Pro series, the hole-punch design rumor dates back to summer 2021, when reliable leakster ShrimpApplePro showed off a Huawei Mate 40 Pro display backplate (which has a cutout just as big for its Face ID sensors and selfie shooter), and said that design would be coming to the iPhone 14. For the record, yes, this all happened way before the iPhone 13 was announced.
Additionally, we’ve seen countless leaked iPhone 14 Pro renders long before Google officially announced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. So this kind of debunking the theory that Apple copied the Pixel 7 Pro’s camera bar design just because Google’s phones were officially announced before the iPhone 14 Pro.
So that means Google copied Apple?
Not really. While it’s certainly possible that Google’s Pixel 7 Pro was designed later than the iPhone 14 Pro, we haven’t known for a long time. do.
And also, what tangible value is there to the i-shaped camera cutout on the back of the Pixel 7 Pro? None. Of course, it looks good, but the main thing here is that it looks just different enough of the Pixel 6 Pro’s camera bar to make owners of Google’s 2021 flagship want to upgrade. This is basically what Samsung has done with the Galaxy S21 Ultra – S22 Ultra camera designs. The hardware is essentially the same, but it looks different.
In the end, I think both designs will achieve exactly what they were meant to achieve. Apple continues its legacy of “weird” but super recognizable iPhones by replacing the notch with an i-shaped cutout (some think the “i” is for “iPhone”). And Google continues to build out its new design language and brand identity (some would say the “i” in the camera bar is for “Pixel”).
Like I’ve always said, functional design is far more important than aesthetics, and I’m happy to report that Apple’s weird cutout will still house the same advanced Face ID technology and an all-new selfie camera with autofocus and a larger sensor for better image quality. low light image.
On the other hand, Google’s camera visor not only continues the trend of badass looking Google phones, but also prevents the Pixel from wobbling when placed on a flat surface and has now the cameras in the correct order, which must be a tangible functional improvement.
Win-win. Hey, maybe the “i” is for “win”? I’m on fire. Wait… is that for “fire”?
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