Somehow, some way, some iPhone camera lenses manage to collet dirt beneath the surface. Nobody knows how it gets there – particularly considering how the manufacturing process is such that this kind of thing should not happen – but even if you haven’t ever opened up your device before, it’s still possible that specks have accumulated in your camera.
Naturally, you’re probably wondering if there’s a way to fix this issue, and we’re here to tell you that, provided you’ve the right tools and a little patience: there is!
Of course, opening up one’s iPhone may sound to some like Russian Roulette, particularly since, of course, you can void your warranty if you decide to take matters into your own hands.
But hey, if the cluster of dirt is affecting your photo-taking prowess – a big deal in today’s point-and-shoot society – then it stands to reason that you’ll want to do something to remedy the situation.
Not everybody with unwanted dirt congregated in and around the lens will be noticing any adverse effects to their snaps, but the chances are, if the issue has gotten progressively worse over time, it will eventually begin to show. So, if you have the right screwdriver to fit the bottom two screws of your iPhone 5, a plastic case remover (to avoid scratching that lovely aluminum finish), a steady hand and a little patience, you can eradicate this nagging issue in double-quick time.
As shown by YouTuber JerryRigEverything, it’s not all that difficult, but if you’re nervous about preserving your warranty to the point where you’d rather let the dust continue about its business, then this process is probably not for you. If Apple were to notice any tampering of any description, they can, and most likely will tell you that you’re no longer covered by the guarantee.
So, for clarification, do not open up your device if you don’t want to hinder any future warranty cover you may have. If you’re cool with that and understand the potential complications, then please check out the video below, which offers a step-by-step tutorial detailing how you can finally brush away all that dust, leaving you able to enjoy taking crisp, clear photos once again: