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What Apple says about the Purple Haze Effect in the iPhone 5 Camera

Apple didn’t announce one thing with the unveiling of the iPhone 5. Apple left it to be discovered by its loyal fans. After making a phenomenal sales record for the iPhone 5, Apple wanted to throw a party for its employees, when suddenly the hidden feature became known and they cancelled the party. The feature that was spotted in the iPhone 5 is not present in the iPhone 4S or in its preceding versions. This feature was specially made for the iPhone 5. The name of this feature is “Purple Haze”. The name sounds more like a Café or some sort of hanging out lounge where people go out for a hangout. This feature is not located in the MAPS or somewhere related to it.

This special feature can be found in the camera of the iPhone 5, when it is directly exposed to the sunlight or any bright side. Then only one can take the full advantage of this special feature integrated by Apple in the iPhone 5. While you are thinking or looking forward to know more about this feature, before that we would love to show you some real time snaps that have this amazing Purple Haze feature. The snaps were taking from an iPhone 5 in the bright sunlight. When the snaps were saved to the camera roll, they had this new feature showing upon them the same time. Below you can have a glance of the new amazing feature.

The iPhone 5 Purple Haze Effect



As you can see in the above picture, the iPhone 5 Purple Haze Effect is clearly shown. This effect comes alive when the camera is exposed to bright light or directly to the sunlight. This amazing effect soon converted into a disaster for people owning an iPhone 5. They started to complain Apple about the hidden feature on which Apple was surprised and said that we forgot to mention about this feature on the iPhone 5 unveiling (Joke).

The reality about this iPhone 5 Purple Haze Effect is when the iPhone 5’s Camera is pointed directly towards the sun or some bright light, the pictures taken in these circumstances result in having this Purple Haze on them. On other words, the purple haze effect occurs when the camera is pointed towards near an extremely bright light source while capturing a video or picture in still mood.

Therefore, today Apple released a support document about this iPhone 5 Purple Haze issue while taking the picture or making a video in extreme bright light.


A purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture.


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.

Guess what. Apple told in the above statement that you are holding the iPhone in wrong direction and this issue is normal. Indeed, consider it as a camera effect.

How to Stay Away from the iPhone 5 Purple Haze Effect?

In order to minimize this iPhone Purple Haze Camera Effect, you need to follow the advice of Apple. The advice is simple and clear. You need to move the camera from the place where there is bright light and try to take pictures where there is low light because the iPhone 5 got some improvements for the low light capturing.

The iPhone 5 Purple Haze Problem is a Hardware Fault?

If you were asking us about the iPhone 5 Purple Haze Effect, we would love to have it on our iPhone 5. To have this problem on our iPhone 5, we went to the next level by taking our iPhone 5 into the bright light of the bulb. We opened our camera, pointed it right below a bulb, and took a snap to see if this amazing effect occurs or not. Amazingly, the amazing effect didn’t occurred. Below are the results.

iPhone 5 Purple Haze Test 1:

iPhone 5 Purple Haze Test 2:

iPhone 5 Purple Haze Test 3:

After testing the iPhone 5 camera on three different energy source we didn’t got any Purple haze Effect on the images above. However, we cannot conclude the issue with any significant answer or solution, all we can say is that this issue lies in some iPhone 5’s and not in all. According to comments on different blogs, few people are facing this issue and some are not. We will test the iPhone 5 Camera in the sunlight and will let you know the results. Stay tuned with us.

While we wait for the sun to rise, until then fill out the question below and let us know if you are facing purple haze issue on the iPhone 5 or not.


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