Apple warns High-Power Motorcycle Engine Vibrations can Damage iPhone Cameras

Apple on Friday released a new support document warning iPhone users that exposing the device to strong vibrations, such as those coming from a high-power motorcycle engine, can severely impact internal image stabilization and autofocus systems, resulting to a reduced image quality.

Apple says that its optical image stabilization (OIS) and closed-loop AF systems in the iPhone are specifically designed for durability, “However, as is the case with many consumer electronics that include systems like OIS, long-term direct exposure to high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges may degrade the performance of these systems and lead to reduced image quality for photos and videos. It is recommended to avoid exposing your iPhone to extended high-amplitude vibrations.”

Bikers with iPhones Beware

Essentially, Apple says this warning is only for those who mount their iPhones on high-power or high-volume motorcycles (super bikes) as their engines generate a lot of intense vibrations.  These vibrations are transmitted through the chassis and handlebars of the bikes.

The tech giant advised users that “It is not recommended to attach your iPhone to motorcycles with high-power or high-volume engines due to the amplitude of the vibration in certain frequency ranges that they generate.”

As for those who own small scooters or mopeds that generate lower-amplitude volumes, Apple says that the same warning applies to them – it isn’t wise to attach an iPhone to their bikes as well. If it really is necessary, then Apple recommends “a vibration dampening mount to lessen the risk of damage to your iPhone and its OIS and AF systems. It is also recommended to avoid regular use for prolonged periods to further lessen the risk of damage.”

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