Motorcycle engine vibrations can ‘degrade’ iPhone camera performance

Apple on Friday warned iPhone users that exposing the device to intense vibrations, like those from a motorcycle engine, can negatively impact internal image stabilization and autofocus systems, leading to reduced image quality.

iPhone 12 ProAs explained in a support document, high-amplitude vibrations at certain frequency ranges can cause long-term problems with iPhone’s camera system. High-power or high-volume motorcycle engines are specifically called out as potential threats.Modern iPhone models feature optical image stabilization and closed-loop autofocus systems to help counteract errant hand movements, Apple notes. These mechanisms, while “designed for durability,” can be degraded by long-term exposure to vibrations like those transmitted through the chassis and handlebars of a motorcycle.

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