The iPhone 5 is certainly a technological marvel in its own right. It is a great achievement for the company in terms of weight and size. The display finally increased in size without compromising the quality of the images. It is highly tricked out so the phone outruns other phones in benchmark tests and gaming quality. The iPhone 5 is certainly an upgrade from an older iPhone. It just doesn’t feel much of an upgrade from other smartphones in this era.
In another classic case of Steve Jobs’ infamous “you’re holding it wrong”, Apple support has once again billed a clear hardware error as something “normal”.
Discriminating users of the new iPhone 5 has identified an issue with the phone’s camera. The Camera apparently shows some purple shaded flares when taking some white lit photos. Most of the time, it happens when the photos are taken from a certain angle, where the light hits the lens diagonally from the front.
The problem is, when a bright, white light is used for a flaring effect, it is expected that the flare will be white, or something very close to white, not the Barney colored effect the new iPhone 5 camera produces. The purple haze can ruin a perfectly good shot.
Tests taken by other users with their older iPhones fail to replicate the issue, so the purple haze is definitely linked to the iPhone 5 camera. The issue has been linked to the sapphire camera lens cover on the new iPhone 5. Once the light hits it at the right angle, the purple hue of sapphire is applied to the photo taken.
We can expect this level of quality on a cheap phone with low quality camera, not from a phone worth $800 and heavily marketed as the most perfect thing in the world. In fact, they even glorify the camera in the keynote, claiming it to be better than any smartphone camera in producing exact colors. I guess our eyes are just light the wrong way, then. Regardless of the cause, Apple suggests we avoid taking pictures with lights.
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