The iPhone 4 was the top device in 2010 coming with a completely overhauled system. Beginning with the introduction of the iOS 4.2 (inheriting multitasking abilities) and the unchallenged resolution of 960 x 640 offered by the gorgeous Retina Display, what can we say? It was the phone of the year. But like other devices it is not perfect.
There were several reports regarding issues with the iPhone’s camera which seemed to fail to open from time to time. While I’ve seen people turning phones inside out and swapping hardware, I for one don’t think it’s a hardware related problem. I think the problem lies in the fact that the memory keeps filling up and not being flushed in time. We’ve seen that the iOS 4.2 has fixed most of these issues.
What happens is that you want to take a picture with your phone so you head for the phone camera, but the shutter doesn’t seem to want to open. You can see this kind of behavior in the Camera app or Facebook, or other app that uses the phone’s camera. In other apps you push the button but nothing happens and so on. Either way, there seems to be something inside there that is killing the threads. Here are some possible ways to fix this pesky issue.
Like I said, one of the problems that may cause this is the amount of memory consumed on opened apps such as games and stuff. Try and force close some of these apps in order to free up memory. Once you’ve killed some of the apps you’re currently not using, head for the camera again and try to take a picture.
The most efficient way to clear up memory is to reboot the iPhone. Simply hold down the power button. You will see a red slider which will turn off your phone. Then turn it back on and try taking a picture again.
Another option is to simply try rerunning the app again once you’ve cleared some memory. I’ve seen that in most cases, when you run the app the first time, it seems to get jammed due to memory blockage. When you try the second time, the iOS allocates more memory and the app runs unjammed.
In case you’re using a different app for taking pictures, you might want to reinstall the app. Maybe something wrong happened the first time you’ve installed it. Naturally, this will not work in case you’re using the iPhone’s own Camera App.
These are some of the fixes you might want to try before going to Apple, that is.
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