It wasn't your imagination. That iPhone 6 Plus you purchased that seemed to produce oddly blurred images may have been defective, and now Apple is offering to replace the back camera in the device.
Apple's new iSight camera replacement program covers iPhone 6 Plus devices purchased between September 2014 and January 2015 and, according to the company, addresses a defect that impacted only a small number of iPhones.
The company has set up a special replacement program website that allows you to simply plug your iPhone's serial number into a search field to find out if it's eligible for the free iSight back camera replacement. The defect is related to a component in the iSight camera that could fail, potentially resulting in blurred photos.
However, it's important to note that just because your device's serial number matches the approved replacement list, that does not automatically mean that your iPhone's back camera is defective.
But once you confirm that your camera does need a fix, there is a catch that may trip up some consumers: the condition of the rest of the device. If your iPhone 6 Plus has a cracked screen, the program requires that you get that repaired first, because such damage will affect the camera replacement, according to Apple.
Additionally, the program warns that, depending on the state of your handset, there could be a "cost associated with the repair." And, if you don't obsessively check for Apple updates, like some of us, the good news is that the program will remain available for up to three years after your device was purchased.
But keep in mind, unlike some iPhone replacement programs, this one will only replace the iSight back camera, not the entire device.
Some users have been reporting blurred images using the iPhone 6 Plus back camera since October. And a look on Apple user forums and even on YouTube reveals a number of iPhone 6 Plus owners showing off the camera's blurry images as well as wavy, distorted video.
So while the fix will be a welcome update for some, the fact that the repair program comes after some have lived with the defect for almost a year, just weeks before the release of the next iPhone, will likely result in at least a few loud complaints from iPhone 6 Plus owners.
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