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Apple iPhone risk from powerful motorbike vibrations


IPhone owners should beware picking up bad vibrations from powerful motorbikes, as they may damage camera systems, Apple has said.

The technology giant published a warning iPhones should not be attached to powerful bikes, in a support document spotted by MacRumors.

According to the company, engine vibrations can harm phones’ optical image stabilisation and closed-loop autofocus systems.

Scooter and moped owners should also use “vibration-dampening mounts.”

Several users on social media have reported that their phones were damaged after being attached to a motorcycle.

Furthermore, Apple claims that several iPhone models are vulnerable to the damage.


‘High-amplitude vibrations’

The affected systems are intended to improve image quality by compensating for movement, vibrations, and gravitational effects.

However, high-power or high-volume motorcycle engines produce “intense high-amplitude vibrations,” which can be transmitted through the frame and handlebars, according to the support page.

“Direct exposure to high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges may degrade the performance of these systems and result in lower image quality for photos and videos,” the report says.

The solution is to avoid attaching iPhones to the bike in the first place, which is something that is commonly done for navigation.

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