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How to avoid an annoying new glitch affecting the iPhone 6 Plus

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:54PM EST
iPhone 6 Plus Camera Bug
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There is an annoying new glitch affecting a handful of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, but this time around things are a bit different. While issues such as “Bendgate” and “Dyegate” are direct results of the design decisions Apple made during the development and production processes that yielded its next-generation iPhones, this new issue is easily avoidable and, more importantly, it’s not Apple’s fault.

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Beginning a few years ago, accessory makers started producing some nifty new smartphone attachments that found away around a big limitation found in all phones. Because these devices are so small, there is only so much that handset makers can do with camera lenses and other related components.

With these nifty new accessories, however, users are able to add interchangeable lenses that can quickly be attached and removed thanks to a smart system involving magnets.

With earlier iPhone models, this has been a great solution to push the boundaries of mobile photography. With the iPhone 6 Plus, however, a problem was introduced: Apparently, these magnetic camera lens systems are interfering with the phone’s optical image stabilization (OIS) system.

As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple recently updated a support document on its website that addresses various common iPhone camera issues and proposes solutions. Now, Apple has added a note about magnetic camera accessories to the page.

In the section about possible issues that may arise and cause photos captured by the iPhone to be blurry, the document now includes the following note:

Make sure that there’s nothing blocking the camera lens. If you’re using a case, try removing it. With iPhone 6 Plus, a metallic case or magnetic lens could interfere with optical image stabilization. If you have a metallic case or magnetic lens attachment, try taking a picture without it. Then compare the quality.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.

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