Sixth iteration of Apple iPhone, announced on September 12, 2012. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, requiring screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Black or White.

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dirt inside camera lens?

I recently just had what looks like a piece of dirt get into my rear facing camera. Is this even possible? I don't see any scratches on the lens but there is a smudge that shows up on both stills and video. I can zoom past it with the digital zoom so I don't think its the cameras CCU. Can the lens/cover be taken off to clean?

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Using a good magnifier can you see anything between the cover glass and the camera lens? That's really the only place you could have some dirt. You'll need to pop the cover glass off to clean the glass or the lens. Use a slightly dampened photographers lens cleaning cloth with photographers lens cleaning solution. Be careful here as you don't want to scratch the lens. Other cleaners will likely leave streaks.

If it's not there then its inside the camera unit which is sealed, If you have extended AppleCare I would bring it in for Apple to fix. Otherwise it's a new camera unit.

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You have to open up the phone to extract the camera module, if there is nothing externally visible, then the image sensor is the problem. Which cannot be repaired without replacing the entire module

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Tom - As your answer is the same, why don't you give the score a hit and adding a comment stating you agree Vs duplicating.

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There is no picture that shows the imaging artifact. Adam should take a photo to let us see what kind of a smudge it is. Then can we recommend a correct solution. A black spot with clear edges is the actual sensor damage which results from excessive shock. A dark area in the white image is dust inside or around the lens module. As he said he can't find anything visually. Replace the camera or the phone is the only way out

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