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Apple warns of dangers of motorcycles for iPhone smartphones

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The support section of the Apple website has published an appeal to iPhone users who would like to attach this smartphone to a motorcycle or moped. The manufacturer warns that vibration from the engine can cause permanent damage to the smartphone camera.

The optical image stabilization and closed-loop autofocus systems used in iPhone cameras include gyroscopes and magnetic sensors, which aren’t designed to handle high-amplitude vibration, Apple said.

“High horsepower or high displacement motorcycle engines generate intense, high amplitude vibrations that are transmitted through the chassis and handlebars. We do not recommend attaching iPhone to motorcycles with powerful or large motors due to the vibration they generate in certain frequency ranges. Attaching iPhone to vehicles with small motors or electric motors, such as mopeds and scooters, involves relatively low vibration, but a shock mount is recommended in this case to reduce the risk of damage to iPhone’s stabilization and autofocus systems. It is also recommended to avoid regular use of the device in this form for extended periods of time to further reduce the risk of damage. “

The list of iPhone models that use optical image stabilization includes the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 7 and later, including the 2nd generation iPhone SE. Note that the ultra-wide-angle camera on iPhone 11 and later lacks a gimbal, as does the telephoto lens on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus. Feedback AF is available on iPhone XS and later, including the 2nd generation iPhone SE.

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