Apple on the purple haze in iPhone 5 photos; ‘It's normal'

Jimi Hendrix recorded a song called Purple Haze in 1967 and depending on what story you believe, the song is either about drug use or love. Apple certainly isn’t feeling the love at the moment, and someone in Apple had to have been high to release iOS Maps in its current form.

Following on from reports that there was a lot of unwanted purple hazing showing up in some iPhone 5 camera shots, Apple Support has said that this is in fact “normal behaviour.” They provided the following explanation:

Our engineering team just gave me this information and 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 behaviour for iPhone 5′s camera.

While understandable that there will be some issues with light and flaring, comparing shots on taken on the iPhone 5, 4S, and even a Nikon D300 show that the colour of the shots is definitely better on the 4S. But at the same time, other shots showed no discernible difference in the colouring of the pictures. But it has also been confirmed that the light source isn’t the issue as the hazing has appeared in photos taken using normal settings.

Apple appears to be passing the buck onto the quality of the camera with their response. Remember the response Steve Jobs gave to the masses around the reception issues of the iPhone 4? Just avoid holding it that way. Really Steve, really. At least Tim Cook has acknowledged that iOS Maps is unacceptable.

As there is no confirmed reason for the issue, some have speculated that it could be the coating on the iPhone 5 camera or that it could just be an issue that happens to less expensive camera hardware. Either way, if you’re getting these issues, don’t expect the phone to be replaced.

Looks like our world just got a little more purple.

Source and Image: Mashable

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