If you have an iPhone mounted on your motorcycle, especially on the handlebars, this notice is for you. It seems the iPhone camera system has a lot of image stabilization technology to keep your photos sharp even when your phone isn’t perfectly still. So far, so good. Unfortunately, a lot of motorcycle riders have mounts for their iPhone attached to the handlebars or somewhere similar and the vibrations, “like those generated by high-powered motorcycle engines,” can degrade the performance of the camera system.
High-power or high-volume motorcycle engines generate intense high-amplitude vibrations, which are transmitted through the chassis and handlebars. 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. 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.
It you keep the phone in your pocket, you’re probably OK, of course, if you use your iPhone as a GPS, that doesn’t work.
Remember when life was simpler and we rode our motorcycles to get away for a while and the need for constant communication and high tech wizardry wasn’t necessary?