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New iPhone 11 Pro camera ‘triggers fear of tiny holes’

The triple-lens camera featured in the newly-revealed iPhone 11 Pro appears to terrify people who have a phobia of small holes.

Apple highlighted the powerful array of lenses on the rear of its latest premium handset as the headline feature, hoping that it would prove an enticing enough proposition for users to upgrade.

But while the tech appears to have impressed journalists and bloggers who attended the unveiling in California, it has apparently left plenty of potential customers overcome by fear.

Image: The camera was the biggest talking point of the new iPhones

People have been tweeting furiously to share just how scary they find the new device, which has its lenses packed tightly together in a module on the back of the phone.

Some claim it is triggering a condition known as trypophobia.

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The iPhone 11 leaks triggers my trypophobia. 🙈 #ApppleLaunchingEvent pic.twitter.com/3VclNSZAYt

— donbosconovitch (@donbosconovitch) September 10, 2019

I've had really bad trypophobia for years now and seeing pics of the new iPhone 11 all over my timeline makes me want to set everything on fire..stop pic.twitter.com/E1ucM9eeQy

— Em Harriss (@EmHarriss) September 10, 2019

Apple did not think of us that have TRYPOPHOBIA when making the iphone 11 pro. I cant buy it and be itchy all over every damn time I look at it.

— Mrs. Ummeeta Rabiu (@ummeetaa_x) September 11, 2019

the triple-camera is not cool for my trypophobia… https://t.co/LcWIIe741J

— Joan Kim (@joankeem) September 11, 2019

What is trypophobia?

Trypophobia causes people to become distressed at the sight of clusters of small holes – and crumpets are among the unlikely items to have reportedly stoked up the condition for those who suffer from it.

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But it is not officially recognised as a mental condition and is believed to have originated on reddit back in 2005, from where it has since spread and become a popular topic on social media.

There are groups on Facebook where trypophobic people can discuss what causes a reaction, and it was brought to mainstream attention when model Kendall Jenner said she was a sufferer.

Two hot crumpets with melting butter - studio shot with a shallow depth of field and a white background
Image: Crumpets are said to cause a reaction in some sufferers

She wrote on her website in 2016: "Anyone who knows me knows that I have really bad trypophobia. Trypophobics are afraid of tiny little holes that are in weird patterns.

"Things that could set me off are pancakes, honeycomb or lotus heads (the worst!). It sounds ridiculous but so many people actually have it! I can't even look at little holes – it gives me the worst anxiety.

"Who knows what's in there???"

In the case of the iPhone 11 Pro, it's just a camera lens.

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