Friday, September 28, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): iPhone 5 users find purple halos marring their photos

It was bad enough having a navigation system that threw up often erroneous and hilarious results. But Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 5 owners have another issue - a camera that throws up a purple halo around pictures.

The purple effect seems to happens with photos taken when a bright source of light is just outside the frame and users of the phone have ways to get rid of it, Cult of Mac reported on Thursday.

Len flairs are all too common occurrences with camera lenses, especially when the light falls on the lens at an awkward angle - but a purple flair seems to be more than what phone users want.

While special effects enhance a picture's imagery and composition, this is one special effect that iPhone users can do without.

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Cult of Mac has suggested that iPhone 4 users can test the purple effect for themselves by doing the following - aim your iPhone 5 camera towards a bright light source, then move the camera so the light source is off-screen. Look for a purple halo, flare, or haze emanating from the direction of the off-screen light source.

Incidentally, these purple hazes are not found with images taken by cameras in the iPhone 4 or 4S.

While the cause of the colour purple is still not known Cult of Mac has speculate that it could be caused by the crystal sapphire lenses used by the iPhone 5 and that is less prone to scratching.

"Sapphire comes in a range of colors and the halo might be cause by light refracting through purple sapphire lenses."

Cult of Mac said that Apple is yet to comment on this issue.

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