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

In a manner suggesting the way that the late Steve Jobs told Apple iPhone 4 users that they were holding the phone the wrong way, allowing the left-handed death grip to cut signal strength on the phone, Apple told iPhone 5 users that the strange purple tint seen in the corners on some photos is normal...
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13. hybrid06339

Posts: 23; Member since: May 16, 2012

Apple is in bed with Barney

16. mambocream

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I didn't realize that Jimmy Hendrix was a prophet. "Purple Haze" was about the iPhone 5!

17. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"we recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures. The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5′s camera.". What?? Still normal? Can software tweaks can solve the problem? I don't think so, maybe the new sapphire covered lens is the main cause of purple tint. They did a mediocre upgrades of their product but it brings a lot of major issues. Ifans still called it a luxurious premium product, are they still blind that apple now obviously misleading/fooling them? So sad...

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Of course its normal..... I wonder how many other camera's dont have this feature... :) And.......this is typical you're shooting it wrong....

21. prd2bsrb

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

What really is amazing to me is how people feel privileged to own a new iPhone model shortly after it comes out. Especially after waiting in line for hours or calling every single store in the city for days to check if they have iPhone 5 in stock, they look so proud once they actually get it...As if they acomplished something great. As if they are the first and the last person to ever own an iPhone. I have an iPhone 4 and I won't be upgrading to 5. Screw it I won't be brainwashed.

22. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I believe it's just this " feature " lol

24. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

This is what happens when apple actually tries to innovate things.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Very wizely said, +1.

101. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

So true...lately anyway. The other time they tried to innovate recently....the iPhone 4 antenna.....

25. Iconia

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

STFU, it's one of iPhone 5's 200 new features. :-)

26. zackh121556

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Normal behavior??? Steve Jobs lives! Lol

27. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Apple and their scam...

28. samdsox

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

be calm my is just a new feature /end sarcasm

29. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

This is coming from applecare however.

30. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

it's called purple fringing, due to lens, but can be eliminated with a proper software.. so apple, yeah it's normal, but it's normal to use software and other preventive measures such as coatings and special element glass to reduce that.. I got a feeling that if there is another problem, it will be deemed normal, or that's a feature..


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Waiting for a minor software update. Do you think, would you think will they update all their faults? Personally they might not, we shall await and see!

58. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

even if there is a software update, they shouldn't have told the customers that these problems are normal.. why can't they just admit? remember when the HTC One S has some build issue? They admitted it.. and the Wifi deathgrip of some of the older models.. why can't they (apple) for once admit their mistakes? Map was so obvious they can't lie about it anymore.. we shall wait and see..

31. mmarceau

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I wish my Galaxy S3 had the purple tint feature. Apple just Samsung'd me. Ha!

32. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

its patented

68. Hafiz

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

haha +1 for you mate xD


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

back buy a vacation buy PhoneArena..... So will they not fix this issue, or it remains as it is? The new iPhone has quiet few draw-backs!

35. redrooster13

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Apple: "It's normal for our products to suck."


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

That was funny. You made me so laugh..... o boy.

53. redrooster13

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

no problem lol

36. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

"bieber cam" its a new feature

38. e.wvu unregistered

I also read an article that a customer had the same issue and the rep responded to him saying that he was holding the camera wrong. Lol. I just love the way Apple addresses its issues.

39. Cabessius

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

Hey, PA: Still 9/10 rating?


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

They still are, and will.

54. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Hey everyone Apple added a new feature, they added this : hahahahha

40. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

I know a couple friends who bought the iphone 5 and I feel SO BAD for them!! I just got the Samsung Galaxy S3 and I LOVE IT! I feel sorry that people fork over $199 for the iphone5 thats been riddled with problems. I can't believe Apple would release a inferior product into the market! Shame on Apple!

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