If you keep your iPhone on the engine of your motorcycle or bicycle, don’t do so. Apple today released a new support document warning iPhone users that the vibrations generated by high-end motorcycles and bicycle motors can damage iPhone’s camera sensors.
This is not due to your iPhone camera or the engine of your motorcycle. It’s just how your iPhones’ cameras work. Every iPhone since the iPhone 7 comes with camera sensors that support optical image stabilization (OIS) or closed autofocus (AF). The way these technologies work is to move the camera lens in the opposite direction of your movement, thus compensating for it.
However, with engines and motorcycles, these vibrations can be intense. The company says, “Long-term direct exposure to high amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges can affect the performance of these systems and result in decreased image quality for photos and videos. It is recommended not to expose your iPhone to extensive, high amplitude vibrations. “
And not just high-end bikes, the company even recommends not connecting the iPhones to low-powered devices like mopeds and electric scooters to minimize the chance of damage.
It’s kind of weird for Apple to come up with a report like this so many years after the technology was incorporated into iPhones. In the past few years, a number of Apple users have reported such issues on discussion forums and on Twitter.
If you are going to mount / attach your iPhone to a motorcycle even if it may not affect you right away, it is best to avoid it.
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