iPhone at risk from motorbike vibrations

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

In a support document spotted by MacRumors, the technology giant published a warning that iPhones should not be attached to powerful bikes. Engine vibrations can harm phones’ optical-image stabilisation or closed-loop autofocus systems, it said. 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. Apple says several models of iPhone are susceptible to the damage.

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 said, 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 added. 

The solution is to refrain from attaching iPhones to the bike in the first place – something commonly done for navigation.