Vibrations can damage stabilization tech

Mobile phones have become an indispensable tool for people over the last 20 years. For motorcycle riders, the mobile phone has also become a very important companion whether daily or on a weekend ride. It's even more critical for our brethren in the motorcycle courier industry. Like any modern phone, the mobile's built-in camera is a boon for taking selfies, capturing proof of delivery, or taking in views of exotic destinations.

For users of iPhone, you might want to read through this recent advisory from Apple. The company issued a warning against mounting the phone on your motorcycle.

“It is not recommended to attach your iPhone to motorcycles with high-power or high-volume engines due to the amplitude of the vibration in certain frequency ranges that they generate,” said Apple through an advisory.

Motorcycle vibration could destroy an iPhone’s camera image

In a nutshell, modern phones use focus and stabilitzation technologies that help their users capture great, clear photos. These technologies combine the use of gyroscopes, magnets, and other sensors that counteract movement, vibrations, and the effects of gravity to let you focus on taking a great shot without worrying about technical settings.

The is especially true of the iPhone, especially the later models. Apple says that certain motorcycles can generate vibration which can degrade, or maybe even destroy an iPhone’s camera and stabilization features.

“Attaching your iPhone to vehicles with small-volume or electric engines, such as mopeds and scooters, may lead to comparatively lower-amplitude vibrations, but if you do so a vibration dampening mount is recommended to lessen the risk of damage to your iPhone and its OIS and AF systems. It is also recommended to avoid regular use for prolonged periods to further lessen the risk of damage,” added Apple.

It sounds like sound advice, not only for iPhone users but also for Android users. These phones use similar technologies which may be vulnerable to similar vibrations.

As such, be careful when mounting your phone to your motorcycle. Perhaps put in some extra padding in the mounting device. Or if you only use it for music, maybe put it in your pocket or small bag and maximize the use of earphones instead.