Apple has acknowledged the purple haze effect that plagues photos taken on the iPhone 5. However, the Cupertino firm says that this is normal, and users should instead focus the camera in a different angle.
On Apple’s support section, the company says, “Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame.”
Apple describes the problem as “a purplish or other coloured flare, haze or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture”.
To solve the problem, Apple says, “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 minimise or eliminate the effect.”
Apple says this is common problem that affects digital cameras. The technical term for the purple haze effect is chromatic aberration. This happens when various colours of light enters the lens, while focusing on various objects.
The problem only seems to affect a few units of the iPhone 5. So we’re not exactly sure if this is really a normal occurrence or a defect with the sapphire cover on the new iPhone’s camera.
It looks like the iPhone 5 is plagued with numerous flaws. First of all, the Apple Maps app has turned out to be a big mess, which has forced Apple CEO, Tim Cook, to apologise to Apple fans on its official website. Secondly, the black version of the new kit was found to be susceptible to scratches on the edges. Now, the purple haze effect affects the phone’s camera, which ruins photos and videos.
Have you experienced the purple haze effect on your iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S? Do you think Apple should do something about it, or are you satisfied with their solution? Share your thoughts through a comment below.