Apple Warns Users: Motorcycle Engines Can Harm iPhone Cameras

Those who ride powerful motorbikes, mopeds, and scooters should be aware of an Apple warning: don’t attach your phone to them if you value the quality of your camera.

Apple said that attaching your iPhone to these vehicles can expose it to high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges, according to a support document with an unusually long and oddly specific title published on Friday — the document was titled, “Exposure to vibrations, such as those generated by high-powered motorcycle engines, might impact iPhone cameras,” in case you were wondering — As a result, the phone’s optical image stabilization, or OIS, and closed-loop focusing technologies may degrade over time as a result of the exposure.

Given that these are the mechanisms that enable your iPhone to take excellent photos even if you unintentionally move it and that assist it in counteracting the effects of gravity and vibration, it is not a good idea to meddle with them in any way. The quality of your photographs and movies will suffer as a result of this action. All iPhones, starting with the iPhone 6 Plus, include either an optical image stabilization (OIS) or a closed-loop focusing technology.

Technically speaking, the OIS technology is comprised of a gyroscope, which is responsible for reducing picture motion and blur. When you move, the camera lens moves following the angle of the gyroscope, ensuring that you snap a high-quality image every time. Meanwhile, according to Apple, the closed-loop autofocus system makes use of on-board magnetic sensors to “measure gravity and vibration effects and determine the lens position so that the compensating motion can be set accurately,” as well as to “measure the lens position and determine the lens position.”

“The optical image stabilization (OIS) and closed-loop autofocus systems in the iPhone are intended for durability,” the firm stated. Nevertheless, as is the case with many consumer devices that feature systems such as OIS, prolonged direct exposure to high-amplitude vibrations within specific frequency bands may damage the functionality of these systems and result in decreased picture quality for photographs and movies. It is suggested that you should not expose your iPhone to prolonged high-amplitude vibrations.”
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Some of you may be wondering whether this means you won’t be able to bring your iPhone around with you if you ride a motorcycle. To be clear, you may put it anywhere you want, although Apple recommends that you don’t put it in particular areas.

High-power or high-volume motorcycle engines create severe high-amplitude vibrations that are transferred through the chassis and handlebars of the motorbike. The magnitude of the vibration in specific frequency bands that they create makes it unwise to use your iPhone while riding a motorbike with a high-power or high-volume engine, according to the support page.

If you choose to ride a moped or scooter, Apple suggests that you install a vibration-dampening attachment to decrease the danger of damage to the iPhone and its optical image stabilization and closed-loop focusing systems, among other things. Even in that situation, though, the firm advises against regularly attaching your iPhone to one of these automobiles.

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