Bike users of iPhones beware: Doing this could hurt your phone camera!

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Bike users of iPhones beware: Doing this could hurt your phone camera!

Smartphone maker Apple has cautioned its users that they shouldn’t fix their iPhones to bikes that have powerful vibrations. Apple’s advisory statement comes on the back of several iPhone and bike owners complaining that their phones had suffered damage after being attached to the body of their bikes.

In its note, Apple’s said that the vibrations from the more powerful models of motorbikes could damage the camera systems of phones, especially the optical-image stabilisation and the closed-loop autofocus. The company’s also added that the bike owners need to have “vibration-dampening mounts” to reduce the force of such vibration.

The company’s statement was shared by the well-known website, MacRumors. In its statement, explaining the problematic areas of such affixing of phones to the motorbikes, Apple’s said, “The OIS and closed-loop AF systems in iPhone are designed for durability.

However, as is the case with many consumer electronics that include systems like OIS, long-term 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 is recommended to avoid exposing your iPhone to extended high-amplitude vibrations”.

The vulnerability within Apple's iPhones

While in itself, the timing of Apple releasing this media note is quite coincidental, on social media, various users have shared photos and videos of their phones’ compromised viability after attaching them to their bikes.

According to MacRumors’ report, the damage on the phones’ camera quality on account of the vibrations is long-standing and has no fix. Apart from motorbikes, Apple’s also shared that affixing phones to mopeds and other varieties of two-wheeler automobiles can be done only if they are mounted with “vibration dampeners”.

In terms of the Apple iPhones that are susceptible to powerful vibrations, all phone models going back to iPhone 6 Plus, i.e., those having the optical-image stabilising and closed-loop autofocus features, face the threat of being damaged in this fashion.