A new post on Apple’s Support forum says exposing iPhones to high-amplitude vibrations, “specifically those generated by high-power motorcycle engines” could degrade the devices’ camera system. As vibrations can be transmitted through the handlebars and chassis of a motorcycle, Apple recommends that an iPhone not be mounted on it.
- Here’s Apple’s technical explanation:
The result can blurry if you move the camera accidentally while taking a photo. Some iPhone models come with optical image stabilization (OIS).1 OIS allows you to take sharp photos even when the camera is accidentally moved. OIS detects when the camera moves. The lens adjusts to the angle of the Gyroscope in order to reduce blur and image motion.
Some iPhone models also have closed-loop automaticfocus (AF).2 This resists gravity and vibration and maintains sharp focus in stills and videos as well as panoramas. Closed-loop autofocus (AF) uses on-board magnetic sensors to measure gravity and vibration effects. This allows for precise positioning of the lens so that the compensating movement can be set.
iPhone’s OIS and closed loop AF systems are built for long-term durability. As with many electronics, OIS and closed-loop AF systems in iPhone are designed for durability. However, prolonged exposure to high-amplitude vibrations within specific frequency ranges can degrade these systems and cause reduced image quality for photos or videos. Avoid prolonged high-amplitude vibrations on your iPhone.
All iPhones from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 6s Plus have optical image stabilization. Both features are also vulnerable to magnetic interference from some iPhone accessories, Apple warned earlier this year, but removing the accessories should take care of that issue.
Apple also recommends that you use a vibration-dampening mounting mount if your iPhone is to be mounted to a scooter, moped, or other vehicle. This will reduce the risk to your phone’s camera system and the phone itself. It is also a good idea to avoid prolonged, repetitive use of an iPhone mounted on a vehicle that emits lower-amplitude vibrations.