Weekend Tidbits: Apple explains lens flare, AT&T returns cut to 14 days, T-Mobile gets iPhone 5 nano SIMs

It has been a pretty quiet weekend in the lead up to the iPad mini launch later this month, but we have some notable tidbits goings on. First up, customer-centric AT&T lowered its return policy starting today from 30 days to 14 days for customers who want to avoid incurring penalties.

Starting October 7, customers who purchase new devices from AT&T will have only 14 days to return them without incurring any penalties. Consumers who purchase devices before October 7 have 30 days to return them. “AT&T has updated its device return policy. Consumer customers will have 14 days to return a device for any reason and cancel service without paying an Early Termination Fee,” said AT&T to Phone Scoop in an email. “While this begins on October 7, AT&T customers will continue to have the option to update their voice and data plans at any time.” This policy change won’t affect select AT&T business customers, who will still have 30 days to return their devices and cancel their service.

This obviously includes iPhones purchased at AT&T. If purchased through Apple, however, users still have a 30-day return policy. Don’t like AT&T’s policies?

Good news: T-Mobile has Nano-SIMs in stock, according to TmoNews. T-Mobile USA has been pushing hard to get unlocked iPhone 5 customers who perhaps are looking for low-cost unlimited/prepaid data plans. If you do not live in an LTE part of the country (like my little town about 15 miles from Manhattan), T-Mobile’s speeds are purportedly the fastest HSPA you can find—so long as it has lit up the 1900MHz network in your part of the country (1900MHz Maps here).

The Nano-SIMs look like this:

Here’s a T-Mobile Nano-SIM being put in a Verizon iPhone, below:

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Speaking of magenta (yes, that’s a stretch), Apple released a support article this weekend basically telling people to STFU about lens flare and that is totally normal with all cameras.


A purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture.


Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor. Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.

The issue got some press when an Apple support person told a customer as much, which was reported by Gizmodo.

If lens flare is the biggest problem with Apple’s iPhone 5, the folks in Cupertino did a pretty good job.

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