According to BBC, iPhone owners should beware of picking up bad vibrations from powerful motorbikes, as they may damage camera systems, Apple has said.
The technology giant published a new support document warning iPhone users that the cameras on their devices can be damaged by exposure to certain vibrational frequencies such as those generated by high-power motorcycle engines.
Engine vibrations can harm phones’ optical-image stabilization or closed-loop autofocus systems, it says. Owners of scooters and mopeds should also use “vibration-dampening mounts”.
On social media, several users have said their phones have been damaged after being attached to a motorcycle.
The affected systems are designed to improve picture quality by counteracting movement, vibrations, and the effects of gravity. But high-power or high-volume motorcycle engines generate “intense high-amplitude vibrations”, the support page says, which can be transmitted through the frame and handlebars.
“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,” it says.
The solution is to refrain from attaching iPhones to the bike in the first place, something is commonly done for navigation.