Purple haze on your iPhone 5 pictures? Try repositioning the camera

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Since the iPhone 5’s release, a number of users have been seeing purple, and not just the ones taking pictures of grapes. A lens flare issue that had prompted complaints recently solicited a response from Apple on its website.

The company noted this lens flare problem is common in many small cameras, including previous iPhone models, and that it results from a light source outside the image reflecting off of surfaces inside the camera.

Many iPhone 5 users claimed the problem did not seem as pronounced on previous generations, and the Guardian reported the change may be due to a new sapphire lens in the newest version 5 and its anti-reflective coating. Photos on the iPhone 4S that simulated the iPhone 5’s lens with a sapphire filter showed a similar flare effect. Fortunately, the solution seems fairly simple: Hold your camera differently.

“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,” Apple stated.

If your iPhone’s camera actually breaks, though, it’s easy to replace. With iPhone repair from iResQ, you can get back to snapping pictures in no time.

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