Apple, by way of a support article on their customer support website, has officially responded to the complaints that the iPhone 5 has a “purple haze” in some images with the following statement:
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.
The statement is straightforward, and corroborates what we reported on last week. In other words, it’s normal, and the same issue can be seen on various other smartphones by nearly any manufacturer. The iPhone 4S, widely regarded as one of the best devices to take photos with, also suffers from a similar issue, albeit at a lesser magnitude.
Have you noticed the “purple haze” issue in your use of the iPhone 5?