What happened? In a recent sponsorship document, Apple noted that exposing the iPhone to high-amplitude vibrations in a certain frequency range, such as those produced by powerful motorcycle engines, can negatively affect the phone's camera system.
As Apple explained in the document, some iPhone models use technologies such as optical image stabilization and closed-loop autofocus (AF) to improve image quality. Understanding the basics of how these features work will show you why vibrations cause them to fail.
The Optical Image Stabilizer works in tandem with the gyroscope sensor inside the phone. As you know, if you move the camera a lot while taking a photo, it may blur. This is especially true in low light conditions where the shutter must be left open longer to capture more light. With OIS, the viewfinder moves according to the angle of the gyroscope to reduce this blur. This data is then used to help position the viewfinder to counteract these forces.
Intense vibrations from motorcycle engines are transmitted through the chassis and steering wheel. Hence, Apple said it is not recommended to connect your iPhone to such cycles. And Apple added that riding on a vehicle with a small or electric motor, such as a bike or scooter, can result in "relatively low amplitude vibrations". If necessary, Apple recommends the use of a vibration damper to reduce the risk of injury. OIS can be found on iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and later models, including the second model. iPhone SE generation. Closed-loop AF appears on iPhone XS and later, and iPhone SE 2nd generation models.
Apple has not stated the reason for this warning or how this damage might affect your iPhone warranty.
Apple says vibrations from high-powered motorcycles can damage iPhone cameras