Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro triggering trypophobic fear of holes

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, the most powerful and advanced smartphones ever, feature a triple-camera cluster
The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, the most powerful and advanced smartphones ever, feature a triple-camera cluster

The Beeb:

People with a fear of small holes have claimed the design of Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro is triggering their phobia… And hundreds of smartphone users now claim the new design has triggered their “trypophobia”, an aversion to the sight of clusters of small holes.

Vision scientist Dr Geoff Cole, at the University of Essex, was part of the first full scientific study of trypophobia, working with his colleague, Prof Arnold Wilkins. “We have all got it, it’s just a matter of degree,” Dr Cole told BBC News earlier this year. The response to seeing small holes can be very extreme, their study suggests. “It can be quite disabling,” Prof Wilkins added.

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, for Jobs’ sake! Imagine these poor souls having to watch this on their iPhone 11 Pros:

29 Comments

  1. MY GOD, DON”T LOOK AT THE SPEAKER GRILL ON ANY SMARTPHONE! ALL THE SMALL HOLES!!!!!

    lol

    Glad they got rid of the headphone jack next to the lightening port and speaker holes, these people must’ve been catatonic.

  2. Imagine the potential of this. Trump’s wall can have small holes which will prevent migrants from approaching. The savings alone from recycling all the material removed will be phenomenal. The wall in fact may pay for itself.

  3. You can mock as much as you like it’s a factor of the brain that varies between individuals. In the end it’s generally of little concern but scientists raising the issue is quite educational… which is more than you can say about Cook’s endless and meaningless hyperbole over products.

  4. Unlike many of the posters on this site I don’t know enough about the condition to make a definitive analysis so I guess we’ll see how it pans out in sales of this particular iPhone.

  5. Quote: Vision scientist Dr Geoff Cole, at the University of Essex, was part of the first full scientific study of trypophobia, working with his colleague, Prof Arnold Wilkins. “We have all got it, it’s just a matter of degree,” Dr Cole told BBC News earlier this year.

    Really? Well, my degree of this ailment is zero, Dr. Cole. I don’t doubt that it exists, but it isn’t an epidemic. I actually think that clusters of tiny holes are cool.

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