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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Major faults detected in iPhone 14 series

Apple states that iMessage and FaceTime might not be working properly on the latest iPhone 14 series handsets. According to Apple, this could be because of several bugs. The smartphone brand has published a list of issues that users might be facing after setting up their new iPhone14.

The iPhone 14 series has been hyped for many weeks. After all, it is the first time in a long time that they have received a noticeable change in their front design.

Now, the entire family of smartphones is official and is made up of 4 members. Apple released the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max (the company dropped the ‘Mini’ variant this year) on September 7.

Although one of the main novelties in the series is the redesign of the notch, not all models boast that. Only the ‘Pro’ and ‘Pro Max’ variants include the new ‘Dynamic Island’.

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A major bug in Apple’s latest iPhone is causing the camera to physically fail when using apps such as TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram, some owners have reported.

The bug in the company’s iPhone 14 Pro Max, the most expensive model in the iPhone 14 range, appears to affect the optical image stabilization (OIS) feature, which uses a motor to eliminate the effects of camera shake when taking pictures. Opening the camera in certain apps causes the OIS motor to go haywire, causing audible grinding sounds and physically vibrating the entire phone.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment about the bug, which has been reported by multiple users on social media.

The vibration does not occur when using the built-in camera app, suggesting the problem’s roots are in a software fault. However, some have warned affected users to limit their usage of apps that trigger the bug, in case excess vibration causes permanent damage to the OIS system.

The company has previously warned users about potential damage to the OIS motor, particularly in situations where their phones are experiencing significant vibration. In January this year, the company published a long warning note for users about the risk of mounting their iPhones near “high-power motorcycle engines”.

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“The OIS and closed-loop AF [autofocus] systems in iPhone are designed for durability,” the company said. “However, as is the case with many consumer electronics that include systems such as OIS, long-term direct exposure to high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges may degrade the performance of these systems and lead to reduced image quality for photos and videos. It is recommended to avoid exposing your iPhone to extended high-amplitude vibrations.