Iphone 5 and purple haze - "It's normal"? Let's give everything a fair shake...
I'm not sure if anyone has seen some of the coverage about the purple haze, and not Jimi, that is present in some iPhone 5 pictures. To make matters worse, some AppleCare rep decided to channel the Steve Jobs ''you're holding it wrong'' meme by saying
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 behavior for iPhone 5's camera.
But has The Verge covered this? In the last 7 days I think my RSS feeds have had stories directly or indirectly from CNet, Gizmodo, Techcrunch, Mashable, and more regarding this.
Once in a blue moon, I do scratch my head regarding what is and isn't covered here and the narrative (whether perceived or not) that I see here vs other sites. For example, I believe this was the site that broke the news about Nokias camera-gate and was incredibly aggressive and proactive in getting the story out while it was an exclusive before getting comment from Nokia, but when it comes to a negative story that has had some decent coverage in the tech media bubble about the iPhone, for whatever reason the need to get out in front of the pack doesn't seem to be there.
So is there bias?
Honestly who knows. I bet there are 45% of people out there that will say yeup and another 45% who would say
"you're delusional", with the other 10% not even knowing what day it is. But in all honestly, I must say as someone that likes all products that are good, it was a bit maddening to hear someone who has said ''windows is like poison to me'' complain about fanboys that are prevalent on his site. To me it's like Dr. Frankenstein complaining about the monster that he created. I'm not saying that the 920 has not been injected into conversations by folks that just shouldn't be talking about it. And I'm not saying that Josh or anyone is directly responsible for the fanboys, trouble makers, or people that are constantly out to start shit or play the victim that you see in comments. That would be ridiculous. But you cannot say some of the things that are said (like on the previous podcast) and then sometimes think you can get away with not saying the things that need to be said, and not expect to get some blow-back on it.
Another example being that Nilay has said (in two consecutive podcasts I believe) that the OIS in the Lumia 920 isn't that big of a deal, it's a technology that has been in regular cameras forever...well, yes, but the fact that Nokia is one of the first, or the first (I don't know, and it isn't a big enough deal for me to research it) to get that technology into a smartphone should at least get some credit. Although admittedly, the big module does make her a big girl. But to downplay the technology that was needed to miniaturize something to make it small enough to be pocketable, it's a statement I would expect from someone like Gruber, not anyone here on the verge. I don't think I've ever heard any writer on this site praise the screen on the iPhone 4 and 4S, then say, "well, I guess you need to have all those pixels since you have to hold the screen so close to your face because it's so small" or "Google Now is impressive, and does a lot of things I wish Siri did, but Apple had Siri first, so this is just playing catchup". That just isn't the type of approach I think anyone wants on this website. We expect more than that, no one wants to hear backhanded compliments.
I guess, in not so many words, I'm just trying to say if a company does something wrong, no matter who it is, the speed of the response and the words used should be equally critical no matter who it is. And if someone does something right, if they nail it, just give credit where it is due. In terms of coverage, I think everybody just wants all companies to get a fair shake.