Apple warns users that mounting an iPhone on a motorcycle could cause the vibrations from the vehicle to damage the camera. This is a well-known phenomenon in the world of motorcycles.
“Exposing your iPhone to high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges, especially vibrations generated by high-powered motorcycles, can degrade the performance of the camera system” is Apple’s official translation. point of view. In particular, the optical image stabilization and the closed-loop autofocus would be in danger of being damaged by the strong vibrations of a motorcycle.
Apple does not recommend mounting an iPhone on a motorcycle with a strong engine or that produces a loud noise. With similar vehicles with a smaller or electric motor, the risk would still be negligible, but Apple still recommends using a vibration-damping phone holder and not using the phone too often. It is likely that smartphones from other brands run the same risk in these situations, if they are also equipped with the vulnerable parts in question.
YouTuber Unknown Overland, who deals with motorcycles, made a video on the subject last year, including measurements of the vibrations he experiences on his motorcycles. In it, he also demonstrates how a damaged iPhone camera behaves.
Video starts at point of demonstration problem with camera