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Apple Would Like You To Be Careful With Mounting Your iPhone On Your Motorcycle

The tech giant says this right before announcing a new iPhone through an ad that features a motorcycle

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If you're the type to mount your iPhone on a motorbike, moped, or scooter, Apple has a warning for you: be careful, or your phone's camera may go awry.

Fresh out of a rather long and oddly specific support document released a few days ago (linked there), Apple advises power-users who bring their phones to two-wheeled trips can expose the cameras to vibrations at frequency ranges that the cameras may resonate in.

This will make the phone camera's optical image stabilisation (OIS) and autofocus degrade, which is bad news if you want to take beautiful photos to post here on Drivetribe. Even if “the OIS and closed-loop AF systems in iPhone are designed for durability,” according to Apple, it's still dangerous to try putting your phone on the handlebars, especially for anything faster than a moped.

As stated in the readme, Apple doesn't recommend putting your phone on "high-power or high-volume engines due to the amplitude of the vibration in certain frequency ranges that they generate." As for mopeds or scooters, just put your precious iPhone on a damper mount like this one.

It's ironic, then, that they come out with that readme just before introducing iPhone 13 with this ad spot.

Yup, it's an ad spot featuring a hardworking courier (side note: tip couriers, guys) mounting his iPhone onto a scooter. The phone even got a faceful of mud. I mean it's fine, and I reckon it's a one-off for his use-case, but it's funny to me to have both the readme and this ad come out quite close to each other.

Either way, keep your phones safe, people.

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