Apple issues warning to iPhone users who ride a motorcycle
What you need to know
- Apple has issued a warning to iPhone users who ride motorcycles.
- The company says that vibrations from high-power motorcycle engines can damage your iPhone's camera.
- It's all because of the iPhone's optical image stabilization technology.
Apple says that vibrations from the engines of high-power motorcycles can damage the camera on devices like the iPhone 12, in a new support document.
Published Friday (opens in new tab), Apple states:
Apple says the problem stems from its optical image stabilization (OIS) software, which it uses on all of its best iPhones to make images less blurry, compensating for hand movements whilst you take a picture. Another feature, closed-loop autofocus, which resists gravity and vibration to preserve sharp focus, is also at the heart of the issue.
Apple says that these systems are designed to be durable, but that they can be damaged by long-term and direct exposure to high amplitude vibrations:
In particular, Apple says that high-power or high-volume motorcycle engines "generate intense high-amplitude vibrations, which are transmitted through the chassis and handlebars" which could damage an iPhone attached to the front of a bike for use with navigation or some other purpose. As such Apple says "it is not recommended to attach your iPhone to motorcycles with high-power or high-volume engines."
Apple says that this is less of a problem on smaller-engined bikes like scooters and mopeds, but that it might be worth using a vibration dampening mount and trying to limit exposure.
Apple's OIS tech is available in phones from the iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and later.
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