If there’s one thing people aren’t usually fond of when it comes to telecommunications, it’s being put on hold.
However, when you’re told to hold different, because you’re holding it wrong (as was famously claimed by Steve Jobs during the iPhone 4 “antennagate”), some simply wonder “why”, when that’s the way they’ve always held it.
It’s also an interesting question when you look at the (subtly different) images printed over at Mashable, which purport to show the same (yet slightly different) scene taken by an iPhone 5 (with purple haze), alongside an iPhone 4S photo (without haze).
Thanks to Apple’s explanation, Mashable’s comparison photo actually seems dishonest, especially when you consider the far more reputable analysis from DPReview (and its purple haze iPhone 5/4S comparisons here), let alone the comparison shown at MacRumors (which Mashable links to) from TheNextWeb.
So, what does Apple now officially say about the colour purple and its unwelcome appearance in iPhone photos?
The answer is at this part of Apple’s support site, and notes the following:
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.
So… whether you’re holding it right, wrong or indifferently, we think DPReview’s advice is best: “Really, our advice is not to worry. Just do what you should do anyway, and avoid putting bright lights near the edge of the frame when shooting.”