iPhone 11 is making people who fear small holes uncomfortable

Too many cameras means trypophobia for some.

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The new iPhone 11 Pro has three rear cameras.

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You may or may not be a fan of the new camera layout on Apple's iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Pro and Pro Max feature three cameras on the back, and some people find the design outright triggering. 

After Apple unveiled the new phones on Tuesday, people with trypophobia, or an aversion to the sight of small holes or bumps, took to social media to share their reactions to the multiple-camera layout. 

"The iPhone 11 leaks triggers my trypophobia. 🙈 #ApppleLaunchingEvent," someone tweeted.

Those three cameras are really taking a toll on some people. 

"The new iPhone is creeping me TF out with the 3 little cameras. #Trypophobia," another person tweeted.

Trypophobia isn't officially recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which lists known mental illnesses and accompanying symptoms. It may be more of a disgust of clusters of holes or bumps than a fear, experts say. But while a fear of tiny holes is bad, you know what's worse? A fear of being ostracized for having an old iPhone. 

"This new iPhone Pro 11 Max really triggers my Trypophobia -- Fear of being called out for having a friggen iPhone 8 Plus ," one tweet reads.

But you may just learn something about yourself after hearing all this trypophobia talk. 

"When you google trypophobia, and realize you have it," one person tweeted along with a photo of a guy having an aha moment. 

Phones and phobias aren't a new combination. There's also nomophobia, or a fear of being without your device -- a very real concern at a time when so many of us are glued to our screens

Preorders for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max start Friday, and the phones arrive in-store on Sept. 20. They start at $699, $999 and $1,099, respectively. Apple will continue to sell the iPhone XR for $599 and the iPhone 8 for $449.

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Originally published Sept. 12, 1:59 p.m. PT. 
Update, 2:59 p.m. PT: Adds more information about trypophobia.