Apple Shocks Users, Calls Purple Haze On iPhone 5 Camera “Normal”

 Steve Jobs may not be at the helm, but it appears the same arrogant mentality that bought you “just avoid holding it in that way” is still very firmly embedded in the Apple Ideology.  If you’re not familar with that infamous quote from Steve Jobs, take a read here about the problems the iPhone 4 had after being released.

iphone5-purple-hazeThe iPhone 5 is now here and once again the product has bugs and flaws.  Or at least, that’s what everybody in the world except Apple would call them.  One of the biggest issues with the iPhone 5 is the hated “Purple Haze” effect that for some reason is happening with the iPhone 5 camera.  Those who have been around cameras long enough would know that two of the biggest causes of Purple Haze are either faulty hardware or a low quality product.  It’s hard to imagine Apple using low quality products, right?

So it must be a fault with the hardware (iPhone Camera) itself.

Apparently not.

Gizmodo reader, Matt Van Gastel purchased an iPhone 5 and like many of his fellow iPhone users, contacted Apple Support to complain about the “fault” with the camera.  He, like many others had experienced the Purple Haze on the camera.  This is what Apple responded to him:

“Our engineering team just gave me this information and we recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures. The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5′s camera.

xlargeApparently Apple Support think their users are not too smart, because a little research reveals that the Purple Haze has been happening no matter where the light source is in relation to the photo.  Indoor shots, outdoor shots, night shots, they’ve all experienced that horrid haze.

But don’t expect a fix anytime soon.  It appears Apple are very firm in their belief that the haze is “normal behaviour”, and history shows that Apple are just arrogant enough to actually not listen to their customers.

As Stan Schroeder of Mashable put it, “The world according to Apple is, apparently, simply a bit more purple than you imagined.”

Helpful references:

Game & Guide – Apple says camera haze is “normal behaviour”
Yahoo news – Purple Haze, “it’s normal”
Tech Spot – Camera haze is “normal behaviour”
Apple Insider – Users claim camera is defective

 

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Did Apple Steal Technology & Ideas? Who Really Stole From Who?

Steve Jobs never liked Android, that much has always been known. It is afterall a direct competitor to the Apple flagship product; the iPhone (and iPad).

Walter Isaacson, in his authorised biography of the recently departed Jobs sheds insight into how deep that dislike really went. An extract from his book reports Jobs as saying “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

Very passionate words from a very passionate man.

But who really stole from who?

Apple is in the process of suing several smartphone manufacturers who use the Android operating system, claiming breach of patents. Samsung, one of the biggest Android brands in the world was recently blocked from selling it’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia after Apple was granted an injunction. That case is ongoing, and Samsung are in the process of appealing that desicion, as well as filing counter-claims against Apple, involving claims that Apple stole technology created by Samsung.

But take a trip back in time, to when this all started; the original iPhone 3.

One of Apples biggest claims is that the iPhone style smartphone was their design, and all other similarly designed phones have “stolen” the idea from them. This is one of their arguments against Samsung with regards to their Galaxy Tab 10.1 and also the Galaxy S phone range. In fact, most touch screen smartphones right now tend to have the same slick style, but does that mean they all stole the idea from Apple? Absolutely not.

It’s very possible that the iPhone 3 was built on a design ALREADY in use by Samsung on their F700 smartphone (seen below).

Samsung F700 vs Apple iPhone

The F700 was first introduced in 2006 and went on sale in early 2007. The iPhone 3, using the allegedly Apple designed style was released on the market in mid 2007, almost 5 months AFTER the Samsung F700.

A report on the F700 vs iPhone 3 goes into a little depth about the style of the 2 phones. Both have similar style, both have touch screens, both have a single button and both have an icon display using a grid layout.

So who stole from who? The article best sums it up by saying: “The answer: no one is stealing from anyone. Apple didn’t invent icons, nor did they invent the grid in which they sit. They didn’t invent the rectangle. They didn’t invent the touchscreen. They surely didn’t invent the nice looking button sitting at the bottom. And last, but not least, they didn’t invent phones.”

Could Samsung file charges against Apple for the very thing Apple are accusing them of doing? Where does this end? Could Ford take Toyota to court for breach of design because their cars use 4 wheels and an engine? Where does the line between an original design and fair game start and finish?

Greg Hughes, creator of the wifi sync app
Greg Hughes with his Wifi Sync app icons

And then there is the story of Greg Hughes, a third-year computer science student who contacted Apple in May 2010 about an iPhone app he created; a wireless sync system that would allow your phone to sync with iTunes wirelessly. Apple rejected the idea claiming it was a security risk, so Hughes has been selling his app for the last year on Cydia, an online store for “jailbroken” phones.

When Apple recently launched iOS5, WIFI Sync was one of the big selling points that Apple has pimped the hell out of.

Greg Hughes was shocked and upset with the news about the Sync on iOS5. “I’d been selling my app with that name and icon for a year. Apple knew about it as I’d submitted it to them, so it was surprising to see that they had pinched it for iOS 5.” Greg Hughes is getting legal advice on the issue and plans to follow this up. “At the end of the day you have to stand up and defend your work,” he said.

From hardware to software, Apple have been very outspoken about other companies stealing their ideas, yet it appears that Apple may not be entirely innocent themselves.

Dear Pot, meet Kettle!

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A Revolutionary Passes: Rest In Peace Steve Jobs

iSadThe world has lost one of it’s truly revolutionary geniuses.  Earlier today the Apple website announced that Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc. had passed away.

While I would not consider myself a devout Apple user (I do own and love by my iPod and iPhone), I would like to pay tribute to all that Steve Jobs did for the advancement of technology during his lifetime.  His work not only created the standard for what we now use, but has been a driving force in how we all use technology.  His vision to create products that are usable and elegant will live on.

The world will miss you Mr Jobs. 

May you rest in peace.

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