Apple warns iPhone users that vibrations generated by a motorbike engine can “degrade” camera performance. According to the manufacturer, vibrations may damage the image stabilization system or the autofocus in the long term. Apple therefore recommends that you do not attach your iPhone to your motorcycle without using a cushioning bracket.
In a new support page published on September 10, 2021, Apple advises iPhone owners who ride a motorcycle to take precautions. “High horsepower motorcycle engines generate intense high amplitude vibrations, which are transmitted through the frame and handlebars”Apple explains on its website.
The Californian group assures that these vibrations are able to damage some of the technologies integrated into the iPhone camera. These features are “Designed to last” but can record failures after prolonged exposure to engine vibrations.
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Apple advises against hanging the iPhone on a motorcycle
Apple first cites the system of optical image stabilization. Available since the iPhone 6S Plus, this system allows “Take sharp photos even if you accidentally move the camera”. The document also mentions automatic focusing (autofocus) which is built into some recent iPhone models, including iPhone 12. These mechanisms may not work properly over time if you expose your iPhone to vibrations too regularly.
“It is not recommended to attach your iPhone to motorcycles with high power motors due to the amplitude of the vibrations in certain frequency ranges that they generate”, details the company. If you still decide to attach your smartphone to your car, Apple recommends using “A vibration damping support”.
According to testimonials collected by Macrumors from the support forums, several users have already managed to damage their iPhone’s camera with vibrations over the years. Moreover, we do not know why Apple suddenly decided to issue this warning. Is this linked to the imminent release of the iPhone 13, which should have the same optical stabilizer as the iPhone 12 Pro Max? We’ll tell you more as soon as possible. While waiting for more information, feel free to give your opinion in the comments below.