Apple has posted an explanation and a quick fix for an aberration reported by iPhone 5 users.
Over the past couple weeks, Apple customers have been complaining of a "purple haze" in photos taken with the iPhone 5. It's a similar problem that, according to TechCrunch, can also be seen in iPhone 4S photos but that is "far more pronounced on the iPhone 5." What users are reportedly seeing is a bright ring of light when they point their devices in the direction of a strong light source; when the camera is repositioned so that the light appears offscreen, a purple halo can still be seen.
On Sunday, Apple Support posted an acknowledgement of the issue and offered a simple tip for users who are experiencing the "purple haze."
"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," the post explains. "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's solution to the problem is pretty simple: Move your camera.
"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 post reads.
The Next Web's Matthew Panzarino addressed this perceived "issue" last week, writing that the "purple haze" isn't really an iPhone 5 flaw. Posting an explanation for the "halo," Panzarino said that he observed a similar problem with the iPhone 4S but noted also that it's not something that's unique to iPhones only.
[T]his kind of purple halo that can be seen when pointing at bright light sources (especially if the light is coming in at an angle from the edge of an image) is nothing new. It exists to a degree in almost all lenses — including those used for point-and-shoot cameras and SLRs — with the more expensive kinds minimizing the effect through careful coating and alignment.
This is an optical effect sometimes called purple fringing, which can be related to a variety of things including stray infrared light, stray UV light, anti-reflective lens coatings, image processing or bloom from overexposure. These effects are exacerbated in very bright light and with lens flare.
His explanation for the problem is similar to the one Apple posted on Sunday.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently published a public apology for the company's half-baked Maps app, which was developed to replace Google Maps in iOS 6 but which has frustrated users with its tendency for glitches and inaccurate mapping info.
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has also reportedly responded to users' complaints that the new iPhone scratches too easily. Schiller apparently said that it's "normal" for an aluminum-backed device to scratch or scuff, per 9to5Mac.
Take a look at the slideshow (below) to see some of the biggest complaints users have logged about the iPhone 5. Have you noticed a "purple haze" appearing in your iPhone 5 photos? Have you noticed any other problems with the new handset? Let us know in the comments.
[hat tip, CNET]
If you've been following any coverage of the new iPhone, you've heard that iPhone 5 users (or any iDevice users who have updated their gadgets to iOS 6) are complaining rather loudly about how terrible the Apple Maps app is. The new navigation app, which has replaced Google Maps in new versions of iOS, has been seen to mislabel cities, fail to locate adresses and other problems. Perhaps worst of all (for city-dwellers, at least) the new Maps app doesn't provide transit directions, which many became dependent upon with Google Maps.
Given that the new iPhone is touted as Apple's "lightest iPhone ever," the company must be surprised to hear people complaining that it's too light, an issue that Gizmodo has noticed users raising on Twitter. "It's following Samsung in the flimsy-feel department," writes @befroggled. "Feels like a toy," tweeted @HERSEYSDARK. At 112 grams, the iPhone 5 is 20 percent lighter than the previous generation, the iPhone 4S.
The new Siri for iOS 6 is sometimes confusing cities with the same name but in different states. (A similar problem occurs in the Apple Maps app.) For example, MacRumors noticed that asking for the weather in New York City yields temperatures and forecasts for New York, Texas. Siri is similarly mixing up the St. Louises in Missouri and Georgia and the Carrolltons in Texas and Indiana.
Every new iPhone brings complaints about battery life. (Read more about about the iPhone 4S's battery weakness here.) "horrible battery life, i am disgusted," mht83193 wrote on an Apple discussion thread. He describes losing 40 percent of his fully-charged iPhone battery in one hour. Are people's iPhone batteries just be draining faster because of overuse, a new energy-sucking app or a glitch in iOS 6? During the key presentation on the iPhone 5, Apple claimed the iPhone 5 got 225 hours of battery life while on standby, compared to 200 for the iPhone 4S. If you're having battery life issues with the iPhone 5, we recommend reading the blog iMore's troubleshooting guide.
While white iPhone 5s are apparently not as easy to scuff as the black models, the white models have another problem of their own: A a tiny amount of light leaks out of the top right corner of the device's screen. The light leak can be see when they screen is activated in a dark room, according to complaints at MacRumors. The tech blog BGR confirms the "light leak" with its own phones. The iPad 2 reportedly had a similar problem in 2011, according to CNET. [photo via MacRumors]
When you drop several hundred on a new iPhone, you want it to be pristine. That's what makes the so-called "scuff-gate" controversy such a blemish on the reputation of a company as obsessed with design as Apple. Bloggers at AllThingsD and posters on the MacRumor forums complain that the black iPhone 5 is very susceptible to dings and scratches, perhaps due to the iPhone 5's aluminum casing (which didn't exist on previous iPhones). Watch a 2-year-old girls scuff up a perfectly good iPhone 5 to the right, in a video from iFixIt.
Rattle, rattle. That's the sounds some iPhone 5 owners get when they shake their device, according to posts on the Apple.com forums. Some claim being told by Apple that it's normal noise created by camera competents, other say it's an unglued battery (the latter problem can be fixed with a trip to an Apple Store). In either case, it's annoying, as numerous YouTube videos show.
Again, Internet forums have been lighting up about slow to nonexistent WiFi connectivity in their new iPhones, when compared to the iPhone 4 or 4S. MacRumor writes
This is annoying: Imagine buying an iPhone, putting your SIM card in it and being told by your phone that there's "no SIM card installed." That's the error message reported in Apple.com forums here and here. If you're having this problem, restart your phones by holding down the Home and Sleep buttons. If that doesn't help, take it to the Apple Store and they can replace your SIM Card.