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Apple Acknowledges iPhone 5 Camera Flaw 472

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-not-a-bug-it's-a-feature dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Many iPhone 5 users are complaining that its camera is adding a purple flare to their photos. Speculation is that it's caused by the new sapphire lens cover that Apple touted as 'thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images.' Apple's response to those who've complained? 'The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5's camera.'"
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Apple Acknowledges iPhone 5 Camera Flaw

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  • What? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by ledow (319597) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:18AM (#41536673) Homepage

    Serves you right for buying a phone and expecting to take high-end digital-camera-quality images with it.

    As a bit of an Apple-hater, I'd love to jump on the bandwagon here, but this is really just a quirk of a particular lens on a device NOT primarily designed to take photos. If a DSLR was doing this, then yeah. But an iPhone? Who cares?

    Stop taking pictures with your phone, is the answer.

  • by smittyman (466522) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:23AM (#41536717)

    Wow,

    We never did see this coming, They build a cheap phone(y) (what was it again, 180 dollar to build?), sell it for triple the price and as usual everyone camps out at the iChurch to buy it. Sorry but you deserve to be cheated! Only drawback is that apple gets so much money.

    Now buy a paper map to point you at the iSun, the big purple customer experience in the sky, so high you think it is Steve looking out over you, his sheep. /rant mode off, sorry, bad hair day ^^

  • Re:Stupid human! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by terjeber (856226) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:26AM (#41536745)

    Probably meant to be funny, you are right. Color perception in humans is in fact not at all calibrated. We have this brain thing that constantly adjusts our color perception so that we think colors are quite different from what they actually are. Easy to see if you walk into a room at night with white walls. They are yellow if the light is from incandescent bulbs, green if the light is from fluorescent etc.

  • Re:Stupid human! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Hadlock (143607) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:32AM (#41536813) Homepage Journal

    Purple is called "chromatic abberation" - you find it in shitty cannon point and shoots from 2004. This is just an example of Apple cutting corners.

  • Re:And again (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cyn1c77 (928549) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:43AM (#41536945)

    You're holding it wrong, you want to get lost, these pictures should be that colour, wifi connections should use your wireless bandwidth, battery life is supposed to be that poor if you use it (especially for facebook), those scratches are normal out of the case, this new connector is far better than the old one and adapters are the best you can get.

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people rush out to purchase a new product with both unreviewed hardware and software and then get upset that there are flaws.

    Do you not yet understand that the price for showing off your elite toy is that you are a paying beta tester?

  • Re:Simple (Score:5, Interesting)

    by bluefoxlucid (723572) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:46AM (#41536977) Journal
    Is this why there's a bump where the camera is on the Galaxy Nexus, and the lens itself is recessed in a mm?
  • DEC (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Zero__Kelvin (151819) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:51AM (#41537033) Homepage
    Unless you were thinking of DEC, you still were getting it wrong. From this Wikipedia entry [wikipedia.org]

    "Between 1969 and 1972, Sandy Mathes, a systems programmer for PDP-8 software at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in Maynard, MA, used the terms "bug" and "feature" in her reporting of test results to distinguish between undocumented actions of delivered software products that were unacceptable and tolerable, respectively. This usage may have been perpetuated.[5]"

    I remember that, as a VAX/VMS Systems Manager in the 1980s, this was a fairly pervasive meme.

  • by ceoyoyo (59147) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @09:09AM (#41537195)

    They still screwed up the outdoor one. One photo is taken at least several minutes after the other.

    It looks like Apple traded a bit of flare resistance in challenging photographic conditions for other benefits - a scratch proof lens being not the least of them. Personally, I'd much rather have a sapphire lens cover for my cell phone camera than the ability to take slightly less shitty pictures in shitty conditions.

  • Re:Stupid human! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @01:40PM (#41540465)

    Apple products always were like that. It's just that since Jobs reality distortion field went offline, peoples are starting to see all these flaws as real actual problem instead of fashionable features

    That's bullshit. iOS is the worst update Apple has done. You can criticize previous iOS updates as being feature-incomplete, and you won't have any problem standing your ground on that, but iOS 6 is buggy. Even my wife, who does not share Slashdot's passion for getting all emotional about Apple, is wondering what the heck is happening over in Cupertino.

    I do love Slashdot's view on Apple's success, though: "Oh.. uhh must be... magic?"

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