There are more and more concern on purple light flare on pictures taken with the latest Apple iPhone 5. Some says that it is due to the sapphire crystal on the lens. Apple has finally issue a support article on this matter.
Most lenses can create this purple flare. However, I guess the complain right now is that previous iPhone models do not see these purple flares as frequently as the current iPhone 5.
Now, Apple has issued this article to “educate” people on this phenomenon.
Symptoms A purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture.
Resolution Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor. 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 is now telling people that the purple flare is not a defect and it is because of the way you frame the picture. I think that they are correct to say that but they might need more convincing power as other users are not seeing it on other models of iPhone.
Or could it be because the screen and resolution are bigger and better on the iPhone 5 now, people can now clearly “see” the flares that might already happen on other iPhone models.
What do you think? Do you have such problem on your iPhone 5?