Apple addresses iPhone 5 purple haze, tells us not to worry

Apple addresses iPhone 5 purple haze, tells us not to worryTo Team Cupertino’s credit, it’s been fairly open in responding to the various criticisms of the iPhone, admitting that Apple Maps is a bit rubbish, and telling us: Aluminium gets scratched, deal with it.

Now the Californians have addressed the reported purple haze phenomenon on the iPhone 5’s camera. Excuse me, while I kiss the sky.

It’s a fairly low key response, as opposed to an open letter on the Apple site. Here we’re dealing with a support document for “iPhone: Camera image effects”.

The symptoms? “A purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture.”

The reason? “Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources.

“This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor.

“Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.”

Any new iDevice tends to come under massive scrutiny, and even minor issues are inevitably blown out of all proportion. Remember the new iPad was supposedly too hot to handle? Funny how that story died a death. Ahem.

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Pondlife  Oct. 8, 2012 at 14:11

Some of the images I saw had it rather more than just at the edge of frame.
Oh well get to see the your holding it wrong jokes again...

socialjeebus  Oct. 9, 2012 at 03:20

Some of the images I saw had it rather more than just at the edge of frame.
Oh well get to see the your holding it wrong jokes again...


You have to wonder whether the ever tighter deadlines year-on-year have a significant detrimental effect on quality control (not just at Apple I might add).

The Maps issue while embarrassing can at least resolved without a recall but unless I've misunderstood the issue, there's nothing that can/will be done about the camera issue.

The scratching issue, well anyone who like me owned an iPod Touch 3rd Gen will just have to suck it up. Annoying but that's just the way it is.

I rarely take pictures on my phone, if at all, so the issue wouldn't bother me but I know many iFans do and the improvements made to the camera was on the of the key points when the iPhone 5 was being presented. Makes you wonder how a company that seems to get so many other things right seems to let something slip on a product that's only released annually.

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