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Apple Responds to iPhone 5's Purple Lens Flare Issue

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Apple's solution is to adjust the composition of the camera.

Apple as responded to complaints of purple lens flare when taking photographs with the new iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 launched just a couple of weeks ago but users taking photos with the onboard camera have complained of a purplish hue to their photos in certain circumstances. Apple this past weekend addressed the issue via its official support pages.

 

The Cupertino-based company explained that the issue is present in every generation of the iPhone and indeed most small cameras. According to Apple, these smaller cameras 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," Apple explained.

So, we know what the problem is, but how do you go about fixing it? According to Apple, you should just take the photo a little bit differently.

"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," the company advised.

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  • 36 Hide
    marikenio , October 8, 2012 10:30 PM
    In short... You're holding it the wrong way!!! hahahaha!
  • 34 Hide
    aracheb , October 8, 2012 10:29 PM
    lol you just taking the picture wrong..
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    silky salamandr , October 8, 2012 10:42 PM
    You guys relax. This is a new innovative feature.
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  • 34 Hide
    aracheb , October 8, 2012 10:29 PM
    lol you just taking the picture wrong..
  • 36 Hide
    marikenio , October 8, 2012 10:30 PM
    In short... You're holding it the wrong way!!! hahahaha!
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    john15v16 , October 8, 2012 10:30 PM
    Quote:
    The Cupertino-based company explained that the issue is present in every generation of the iPhone and indeed most small cameras..

    That's right apple deny the issue and blow it off with a stupid work-around...you can do no wrong... Besides, you've gotta be creative if you're going to own an iPhone...and simple too...
  • 27 Hide
    idono , October 8, 2012 10:37 PM
    Ah yes. Apple sweaping it aside as always. Blaming it on the user.
  • 29 Hide
    silky salamandr , October 8, 2012 10:42 PM
    You guys relax. This is a new innovative feature.
  • 26 Hide
    Northwestern , October 8, 2012 10:43 PM
    So iPhone 4S users always held it right but suddenly a whole lot of them who got an iPhone 5 held it wrong?
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    nforce4max , October 8, 2012 10:54 PM
    As always total arrogance on part of apple so I must wonder what the elite in the leadership of the company must think of its customers or "consumers". It would not be a great leap of the imagination that it wold be "let them eat cake" mindset. Will be going lol when the high paid thumb twiddlers and lazy paper pushers lose most of their wages when the market goes under. No longer will they be flying private jets and spending their weekends on multimillion dollar mega yachts. Instead of being fresh with their cologne and expensive perfume they shall stink and their homes shall know hunger. No longer high and mighty above all their underpaid underlings but instead shall be humbled. Instead of the finest dining it shall be rat on a spit when the days of famine be like a shadow upon this country.
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    boyabunda , October 8, 2012 10:59 PM
    Purple lens flare?? Oh revolutionary!
  • 20 Hide
    back_by_demand , October 8, 2012 11:05 PM
    They will be working hard to ensure that white, black, green, red and yellow lens flare are available soon, innovation takes time
    ...
    Honestly though, "you are holding it wrong" v2.0 and the maps debacle, Apple has lost the plot
  • 21 Hide
    sliem , October 8, 2012 11:10 PM
    It's not a bug, it's Apple feature. Exclusive and it's magical.
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    teamcarlisle , October 8, 2012 11:11 PM
    Another perfect example of why I rage hate apple.
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    frombehind , October 8, 2012 11:26 PM
    hmm, seems they are using crApple-er components in these cameras... but come to think of it, I remember the days of analog photography, and yes, you did have to shield the lens with your hand to prevent flare at the edges of your pictures.
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    bllue , October 8, 2012 11:38 PM
    Apple hardware is failure and the iSheeps need to wake up
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    A Bad Day , October 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    A true engineer would not take a no for an answer. Throw enough money at the problem, and it will go away (through usage of physics and/or programming).

    But this is Apple. PROFITS AT ALL COST!
  • 5 Hide
    tbq , October 9, 2012 12:04 AM
    It's not a defect. It's a feature.
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    jojesa , October 9, 2012 12:13 AM
    Maybe because it is a little taller
    http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhkAsj55K429390JQ1
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    fonzy , October 9, 2012 12:22 AM
    Apple files for a Purple lens flare patent.
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    clivene09 , October 9, 2012 12:22 AM
    Is Apples solution to every issue 'You're holding it wrong'?
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    CaedenV , October 9, 2012 12:26 AM
    It is actually a very normal problem with any small camera. Anandtech's last podcast had a rather exhaustive (but interesting) explanation about it. Move the light source, or change the angle the slightest bit, and the issue goes away.
    Personally I have had similar issues with several cameras... granted none of them were as expensive as an iPhone either so I didn't really complain.
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    mace200200 , October 9, 2012 12:49 AM
    This is one of those times when people rip on apple to hard. Don't get me wrong, after they sued that little store from Europe, I think it was called ap.l, I think that they're bastards. But still, if they say that this happens on many small camera's it probably does to some degree. Personally I've never had any problems with that on my 4S, and isn't the Iphone 5 camera pretty much the same except for some minor software tweaks?
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