Apple: High vibrations can damage iPhone cameras

Apple has published an information page on how exposure to vibration can affect iPhone cameras.


Apple today released a new support document warning iPhone users that their device’s cameras can be damaged by continued exposure to high vibrations.

The lenses of iPhone smartphones with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) or Closed Circuit Autofocus (AF) are susceptible to damage. This technology uses the gyroscope and magnetic sensors to compensate for movement and vibration when taking photos or videos.

The support page states that “exposing your iPhone to high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges, specifically those generated by high-powered motorcycle engines, can degrade the performance of the camera system.”

Motorcycles are prohibited for iPhone.

Apple explains that connecting the iPhone to vehicles with small engines, such as motorcycles and scooters, can cause “comparatively lower amplitude vibrations.”

The tech giant recommends using a vibration-damping mount to reduce the risk of damage to your iPhone’s camera system.

The OIS system is available on iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and later, and closed-loop AF is implemented on iPhone XS and later.