Recently I noticed some obvious bright green dots in sunset photos I’ve taken with my iPhone 6 Plus. I thought it was just recent, so I went back and looked over old photos and found a couple with the same phenomenon, going as far back as late 2014. I saw at least one discussion at the Apple support forums about this from 2014, but there didn’t seem to be a conclusion.
My AppleCare warranty is up on 9/25/2016, so I contacted AppleCare and showed them the photos and we discussed it. They did a search of my serial number and determined my iPhone was part of a “small set of iPhone cameras” manufactured between September 2014 and January 2015 which experienced some camera blurring and other camera problems. This wasn’t blurring, but the Apple rep said they wanted to exchange it since it fit into that period of time.
Anyway, I got my exchange iPhone today, and I just went for a bike ride along the river, and it experiences the exact same problem. Not with every photo, but with many of the photos where I’m shooting into the sunset. Here are a few examples with and without the effect. The first 2 do not have the green dot, but the last 3 do.
It’s obviously a spec/quality issue with the iPhone 6 Plus lens – unless I was unlucky with two in a row. I guess you could call it “lens flare.” It seems like a rather odd shape and color for lens flare though. But it only happens when shooting at sunset into the sun.
Oh well, as I head into the end of my warranty, at least I ended up with a new iPhone manufactured in August of this year instead of my two-year-old iPhone.
When I was in Akihabara yesterday I got an inexpensive “crip on” macro lens for any smartphone that can take photos between 10 and 23 mm away. It also comes with a fish-eye and wide lens, but today I played a bit with the macro lens on my iPhone while outside.
It’s pretty hard to focus because the slightest tremor will move the subject out of the very limited field of view. But these came out well I thought.
At the risk of sounding like a fanboy (I really do like Android too!) I noticed two things this afternoon while using my iPhone 6 Plus, which I’ve been using for a few weeks now.
This afternoon I took the train over to Ogikubo to help a friend with his computer. While on the train I was reading Flipboard, and scanning through articles. I found myself appreciating how the size of the iPhone 6 Plus was just perfect for train rides. It was not too small as to make articles hard to read, and not too large as to be uncomfortable using when sitting next to other people. And the screen was perfectly bright and beautiful. I was sitting there thinking, “This is really nice. I’m glad I upgraded.”
Then a second thing occurred which surprised me.
My friend still has an iPhone 5 (his iPhone 6 Plus is on order). I was helping him with a couple of things and had not used my iPhone 5 for a few weeks now and was shocked – really genuinely surprised – at how small and cramped the screen was. And the iPhone 5 is larger than the iPhone 4, which was larger than the iPhones before that. The iPhone 5 was lighter, it is true. But it really felt incredibly tiny and cramped. Like forcing yourself to squint through a tiny portal.
I could not believe how my impression over what makes for a good smartphone size changed in just a few weeks.