Apple addresses the purple haze problem

After the Apple Maps fiasco, the iPhone 5 has again come under scrutiny because of a purple flare showing up in photos taken using its camera. It is believed that the sapphire crystal lens cover used in the camera is causing the purple haze to appear whenever a photo is clicked with a light source right outside the frame. Although this defect is not a debilitating drawback of iPhone 5’s camera, it is still quite disappointing because of the monumental expectations from the device.



Apple has responded to this issue by posting a support page on their website. To quote Apple:


“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.”


Top reviewers are dissatisfied with Apple’s “don’t hold it that way” stance over this issue. Even though many camera experts have confirmed that professional cameras also suffer from this flare problem, the amount of flare was substantially lower in the iPhone 4S. As of now there is no other way to avoid the purple haze, other than to follow Apple’s suggestion of changing your angle while taking a photo so as to minimize the flare.

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