Apple has responded to complaints about a purple fringing flaw in the iPhone 5’s camera, claiming that it is ‘normal behaviour for the iPhone 5’s camera’.

Last week, iPhone 5 owners expressed concern about the problem, which creates a ‘purple halo’ around bright light sources. The issue, known as chromatic aberration, does occur in other smartphones, including the iPhone 4S, but there is some debate over whether the problem is a fault in the iPhone 5, after several reports pointed out that the purple fringing is more prominent in the latest iPhone.

A Gizmodo reader complained to Apple about the issue, and received an email reply from AppleCare Support which reads: “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 behaviour for the iPhone 5’s camera.”

The iPhone 5 owner, Matt Van Gastel, was initially told that the purple flare shouldn’t happen during a phone call with Apple Support, so he sent over some example photographs to the support team who forwarded them on to the engineering team at Apple, resulting in the final email as described above.

Apple’s VP of Marketing, Phil Schiller, also recently defended scratches on the back of the iPhone 5 as being ‘normal’.

Have you experienced purple fringing with your iPhone 5’s camera? Let us know you thoughts about the issue in the comments section below.

The purple flaw issue is part of a long list of issues experienced by iPhone 5 and iOS 6 owners since their launch in September.

Users have reported Apple’s new Lightning connectors getting stuck in USB ports, iOS 6 Maps inaccuracies, which have caused Apple to issue an official apology, and WiFi issues.

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iPhone 5 owners report purple fringing flaw in camera