Dealing With An iPhone 5 Purple Flare Camera Issue? It’s Your Fault!

Is your iPhone 5 taking pictures in a purple hue? Don’t fret, it’s not broken. If you have an iPhone 5 purple flare camera issue, Apple says it’s your fault for not aiming it right!

Remember the famous 2010 case when Apple smartphones had a problem with the antenna and the users were recommended to hold the phone in a different way? Well those days are back! Users have reported a purple flare issue with the iPhone 5 camera, one that didn’t seem to affect the previous models.

Apparently, if you have an iPhone 5 and you’re taking pictures in a purple hue, your phone is supposed to react that way because you’re doing it all wrong. According to Apple the iPhone 5 purple flare issue is your own fault.

Apple says this is a common problem for smartphones and even for small digital cameras. “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.

The solution to the purple flare issue is easily just as frustrating. “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” reads Apple’s advice for iPhone 5 users.

Naturally, it was not the kind of advice that Apple users expected. To say they were disappointed by Apple’s reaction is the least. “You gotta be kidding me apple. You must be. Now I have to protect the camera with my hand when I want to take a picture?” wrote one iPhone 5 user on the Apple forum.

Some people claim that the iPhone 5 purple flare lens issue is caused by the sapphire part of the new lens system. The sapphire crystal lens cover “is thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images”. If that’s the case, experts say that some filters could help solve the problem.

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  1. I’ve heard companies come out with bullshit excuses before about various and sundry things,but this latest from Apple takes the prize for the biggest load of bulshit i have ever heard.a
    Apple refuse to own their failures and mistakes.

  2. This is called chromatic aberration. It happens just as Apple describes. It happens on the most expensive lenses as well $1-10k USD). The way to correct it is just as Apple described either adjust your composition (ie shuffle your feet till the aberration disappears) or by shielding the lens (photographers usually use lens hoods to accomplish this)

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