Support document on the Apple iPhone 5 pictures “purple halo” now available
Recently users would report that some pictures taken with the Apple iPhone 5 were exhibiting a purple tint or halo in the corner. They were getting this discoloration when the light source for a given photo was outside the viewfinder. Apple however argued that the purple tinting was normal for such situations and in addition, this Sunday they also issued a support document addressing the issue.
The document is titled “Camera Image Effects”, and among other things it explains that the observed ‘halo’ happens with all small cameras, including with the cameras on each and every generation of the Apple iPhone. The purple coloring on the photos is a “spot” or “haze” or “flare” that occurs on the edge of the frame, and according to Cupertino, when the light source is out of the viewfinder, it can reflect on the camera sensor causing the purple tint.
The support document also suggests some “tricks” to avoid the problem. If you move the camera slightly to change the angle at which the light source enters the camera, or shield the camera lens with your hand, it will “minimize or eliminate the effect.”
All in all, if you want to get rid of the annoying purple’ halo’, it’s highly recommendable to read this support document, and you’ll have perfectly good pictures!