Apple Responds to iPhone 5's Purple Lens Flare Issue

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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  • aracheb
    lol you just taking the picture wrong..
  • marikenio
    In short... You're holding it the wrong way!!! hahahaha!
  • john15v16
    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 can do no wrong... Besides, you've gotta be creative if you're going to own an iPhone...and simple too...
  • idono
    Ah yes. Apple sweaping it aside as always. Blaming it on the user.
  • silky salamandr
    You guys relax. This is a new innovative feature.
  • Northwestern
    So iPhone 4S users always held it right but suddenly a whole lot of them who got an iPhone 5 held it wrong?
  • nforce4max
    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.
  • boyabunda
    Purple lens flare?? Oh revolutionary!
  • back_by_demand
    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
  • sliem
    It's not a bug, it's Apple feature. Exclusive and it's magical.