Ready to take that motorcycle ride? Did you remember to get your cell phone? If it’s an iPhone, it might be better to leave it at home. In a statement on its official blog, Apple warned that “exposure to vibrations, such as those generated by high-powered motorcycle engines, can affect iPhone cameras.”
More specifically, they are affected if they are somehow connected to the handlebars or chassis of the motorcycle, through a support, for example.
According to the brand, the optical image stabilization (OIS) of its cameras and closed-loop autofocus are specific systems that can be damaged by the noise of a motorcycle engine.
The OIS is a small gyroscope in your phone’s camera that allows you to stabilize the lens even if you shake or move the camera when taking a picture. Closed-loop autofocus, in turn, uses a plate magnetic sensor to measure the effects of gravity and vibration and “determine the lens position so the offset movement can be precisely defined”.
Apple concludes that long-term direct exposure to high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges can degrade the performance of these systems and lead to reduced image quality for photos and videos.
“High-powered motorcycle engines or engines with large displacements generate intense, high-amplitude vibrations that are transmitted through the chassis and handlebars. It is not recommended to connect your iPhone to motorcycles with high-powered or high-volume engines due to the amplitude of the vibration in certain frequency ranges they generate”, warns the iPhone manufacturer.
Even riding smaller motorcycles such as a scooter does not escape the risk. Apple warns that, in these cases, it is good to use a support with damping.