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Your Blurry iPhone 6 Plus Photos Aren’t Your Fault

Apple admits bug with iSight camera, will replace for free.

by Nicholas Deleon
Aug 24 2015, 1:12pm

Image: Omar Jordan Fawahl/Flickr

Apple is now servicing select models of the iPhone 6 Plus to fix a problem with the iSight rear-facing camera that may result in blurry photos.

The replacement program affects iPhone 6 Plus models purchased between September 2014 and January 2015 (the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were first released on September 19, 2014). Apple says a small percentage of iSight cameras have a defect that results in blurry photos. Apple will replace the camera (but not the smartphone itself) free of charge.

Owners of the iPhone 6 Plus first reported problems with the smartphone's iSight camera in the first weeks of October, with people posting blurry photos on Apple's official support message board. One user posted a blurry photo taken by his iPhone 6 Plus despite holding his camera completely still.

Apple in October 2013 was forced to replace select models of the iPhone 5s (which was first released in September 2013) after determining that the battery was draining too fast.