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In a picture I took this afternoon with my iPhone 5 I noticed a purple line on the photo:

image of purple line on photo

At first I thought it was a software issue so I rebooted the phone. Unfortunately, after a reboot the line was still there on new photographs.

Upon closer examination it appears that the rear lens of my iPhone 5 has somehow become scratched. Is there a way to fix this? Or do I need to just have the phone replaced?

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Maybe late, but how did you manage to fix your problem? In the future you might check iFixit as they provide guides on how to fix Apple stuff. –  Rob May 8 at 14:53
    
@Rob ultimately it was a hair that worked it's way out: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/91840/…. –  ahsteele May 8 at 23:04
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don’t do it your self at first! go to an Apple Store and let it check, maybe it’s just a hair!

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It ultimately was just a hair that moved off the lens on its own. –  ahsteele Sep 25 '13 at 13:39
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Yes, you can replace the camera lens, but it is difficult. The camera lens is cheap. But it takes much time to replace the scratched one:

  • Tear down the front LCD screen
  • Tear down all the small parts, battery, motherboard, dock flex cable, and camera etc
  • Use a heat gun to heat the camera lens, use something to make the lens out
  • Use Glue to glue to new lens on the original position of the back housing
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Please check out iFixit ;) –  Rob May 8 at 14:52
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