It’s a surprising announcement, and perhaps also a way for the maker of Cupertino to prevent some iPhone users from turning on him. Indeed, a warning has slipped into the section support d’Apple to inform users that exposure to vibrations, such as those generated by powerful motorcycle engines, can impact iPhone cameras.
According to the manufacturer, the exposure of its flagship smartphone to high amplitude vibrations in certain frequency ranges, in particular those generated by motorcycle engines, can degrade the performance of the camera. Apple explains that the camera systems of some iPhone models (starting with the iPhone 6 Plus on the face of it) include optical image stabilization (OIS system) and closed-loop autofocus technologies to help. user to take pictures even in difficult conditions. These systems automatically oppose movements, vibrations and the effects of gravity via a gyroscope to reduce blurring associated with the photographer’s shaking.
However, long-term direct exposure to high amplitude vibration in certain frequency ranges can degrade the performance of these systems and result in reduced quality of photos and videos. High power or high displacement motorcycle engines generate intense vibrations of great amplitude, which are transmitted by the frame and the handlebars. For Apple, it is not recommended to attach an iPhone to this type of motorcycle. To protect yourself, the manufacturer recommends using supports with vibration dampers.
If the phenomenon has been calling for some time in the world of motorcycles, the sudden appearance of this announcement raises some questions. Is it because the next iPhone 13 will embed the same stabilization system as the iPhone 12, subject, a priori, to this kind of problem? It should also be remembered that in addition to the power or the cubage, the very architecture of the engine generates more or less strong vibrations. The speed and stroke of the piston in a large single cylinder are not the same as in a four cylinder of identical displacement and equivalent engine speed. A single cylinder, especially if it is not equipped with a balancing arm, will vibrate much more than a four cylinder.
In this regard, let us mention that the stakes could be the same for users of an Android smartphone, and that users who use their smartphone as a GPS or to film the road do not seem to be systematically affected by this problem.
We have planned to integrate smartphone mounts for motorcycles in a future accessory review, be patient!
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