Apple says motorcycle vibrations can damage your iPhone’s cameras

Do you feel the need for speed? Well, guess what? You might want to leave your iPhone behind during your joy ride. As per, Apple warned users that exposing iPhones to high-amplitude vibrations, like those from high-power motorcycle engines, could cause problems with the device’s cameras.

Basically, the camera’s optical image stabilization (OIS) or closed-loop autofocus (AF) technology, which is designed to get rid of shaky shots, will be at risk for damage. In case you don’t understand tech jargon, OIS makes photos look less blurry even if the camera is in motion. In simple terms, you can take fewer blurry action shots thanks to this nifty feature.

Meanwhile, closed-loop AF makes focus adjustments in case you suddenly move while taking photos. Who doesn’t though, right? You might be thinking, ‘maybe my iPhone won’t be at risk.’ Well, iPhones 7 and up have at least one of these features. In case you’re using a newer model on your motorbike, sadly, you might be at risk. 

“The OIS and closed-loop AF systems in iPhone are designed for durability,” Apple said. “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.”

Before you stay away from motorcycles for good though, Apple did say that your iPhone is at risk when you ride a motorcycle or are near them. The camera performance is only affected when you attach it to a bike. However, if you’re planning to strap your iPhone to a scooter or a more modest motorcycle, Apple recommends using vibration dampening mount to keep your device safe. Well, it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

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