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Apple iPhone 5 users complain of purple haze on pictures

The iPhone 5 is seen in this September 2012 file photo.

October 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some iPhone 5 users are complaining about a purple haze that shows up when they take pictures.

Apparently, there's not really a fix for it. Apple says it can happen in most small cameras, including every generation of the iPhone.

The purple haze appears when you aim the phone towards a bright light and then move it so the light source is just off screen.

Some experts say the issue could be due to the iPhone 5's new scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens covering. Apple is not commenting on that.

The company says shielding the lens with your hand should minimize or eliminate the effect.