Apple says purple tint on Apple iPhone 5 pictures is the camera's normal behavior

Apple says purple tint on Apple iPhone 5 pictures is the camera's normal behavior
We recently showed you one of the strange problems that has afflicted Apple iPhone 5 buyers since the phone's launch last month. It seems that a purple tint appears on pictures taken with the light source out of the frame. A letter that Apple has sent to an Apple iPhone 5 owner makes it sound like the purple tinting is normal. In fact, the letter flat out states that the purple tinting is considered normal behavior for the camera on the unit.

This harkens back to the comment made by the late Steve Jobs when word about Antennagate and the Left-handed Death grip were both just starting to spread. For those who don't remember, no sooner had the Apple iPhone 4 launched than it was discovered that a flaw in the design of the antenna (which wrapped around the outside of the phone) allowed those holding the unit in their left hand to interfere with the antenna using their hand. When it was demonstrated that a certain manner of holding the phone led to a loss in signal strength, Apple's CEO at the time, said that those who were experiencing the loss in signal strength were holding their phone wrong.

Back in 2010, there was talk about the Apple iPhone 4 being recalled and instead, Apple sent out a free rubber bumper to those affected and it seemed to stop all of the problems. Here, Apple admits that the purple "flare" is happening as a result of the normal workings of the camera on the Apple iPhone 5. Something tells us that this won't be the last we hear about this.

source: Gizmodo

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1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

OOOOOOOOOOOO lord this going to blow up! hahahaha

10. MeoCao unregistered

Oh Apple, you never learn You can say it a new feature as well, LOL

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol " your taking pictures , the wrong way" ,, and how is that normal??? LMAO

14. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

WoW what a innovation. Way to go Apple :p

64. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Now that's the Apple we all know and love. You see it's your fault the phone is not working as it should. Apple admitting that they screwed up with maps was just a one time thing. Their normal policy of denying and blaming the problem on the user is back in full swing.

88. b.positive

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Apple should to patent this feature!

89. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

dude the iphone 4S had the Hybrid IR filter as you can see above iPhone 5 did not have enough place for it to be fitted And it is being used in many DSLR cameras and the camera unit on iPhones is from SONY Therefore Apple cannot patent it

111. gregoryyy3 unregistered

Haha I'm totally an iPhone fan but that was funny!

97. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

LMAO!!! This is really good! Purple tint is normal, scratches out of the box is normal, wi-fi bug is normal, light leakage is normal, static lines are normal...the list just goen on and on to at least 12 defects out of the box I detected! And of course the Apple sheep are normal :) Then what are we...OMG its the end of the world!! Here are some upcoming titles :) 1) Attack of the Killer Apple 2) The Sheepish Apocalypse 3) The Walking Sheep 4) Dawn of the Apple Sheep

66. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

This is just sad apple fans blindly trust their company and this is the reward. Apple thinks them as fools and blames every iPhone fault as theirs or normal phenomenon. Purple fringes are a genuine defect in a camera, may be the sapphire crystal lens is scattering light with some abnormalities in some devices.

78. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Yo dwag ...we heard you like instagram filters , so we added a free filter to your camera now

109. smartandcool3

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

Ha ha, lol!!!! You just made my day!!!!!!!!!!!

93. kitpogi

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 17, 2012

NEW-instagram feature? bwahaha

79. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

is this the best phone ever for the people ?? or is there yet to come? no wonder why apple dint make any screen bigger than 3.5 ( if i am right) they just don't have what it takes to make the best phone....

2. jgcaap

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 22, 2011


3. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

ugh cameras these days...

4. wendygarett unregistered

Oh Apple... Please give me the iPhone 5 already :D


Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I've seen it and played around with it, it's surely is a bit faster, but the looks is kinda off put, due to the feel and touch of the phone dosen't feel solid like the iP4s. It's to long and it should ev stayed at 3.5 inches.....!

23. wendygarett unregistered

Because it is lighter, that's why you can't feel its solid :) And agree it should stay at 3.5 inches because it started uncomfortable to operate with one hand...

85. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just join the iPhone 5 queue for your priviliage to buy the iPhone 5. You can then thank Apple later for selling you one.

5. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well perhaps Apple considers it "normal", but if the owner didn't experience the purple tint on his previous iPhone, then that explanation won't wash. The least they could do is explain WHY it's considered normal.

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

word to the wise man.........its not "normal"

84. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

The most popular working theory is that it's caused by refraction from the sapphire glass. But this has not been commneted on by Apple to date. Nokia apparently uses Gorilla Glass, not sapphire glass, to protect the lens on the 920.

6. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo​ooooooool This really sucks, lol


Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

We all know, but what nothing can be done than them explaning to every1 this is normal, how weird!

43. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

yea but they know like we what are they possibly going to explain?

7. prd2bsrb

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I need one NOW. I want to see purple and i want to get lost ;)

9. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

"we recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source" what in the world! Apple completely lost it

50. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

That's about as stupid as "Your iPhone is a phone, you can get a decent alarm clock at $20."

11. ilkinandr92

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

People bow down to APPLE THEY ARE GODS w/e they say is the law and you have to obey ROFL. I love apple for their stupidity and stupid people still follow them doesnt anyone have brains these days

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