There is an annoying new glitch affecting a handful of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, but this time around things are a bit different. While issues such as “Bendgate” and “Dyegate” are direct results of the design decisions Apple made during the development and production processes that yielded its next-generation iPhones, this new issue is easily avoidable and, more importantly, it’s not Apple’s fault.
Beginning a few years ago, accessory makers started producing some nifty new smartphone attachments that found away around a big limitation found in all phones. Because these devices are so small, there is only so much that handset makers can do with camera lenses and other related components.
With these nifty new accessories, however, users are able to add interchangeable lenses that can quickly be attached and removed thanks to a smart system involving magnets.
With earlier iPhone models, this has been a great solution to push the boundaries of mobile photography. With the iPhone 6 Plus, however, a problem was introduced: Apparently, these magnetic camera lens systems are interfering with the phone’s optical image stabilization (OIS) system.
As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple recently updated a support document on its website that addresses various common iPhone camera issues and proposes solutions. Now, Apple has added a note about magnetic camera accessories to the page.
In the section about possible issues that may arise and cause photos captured by the iPhone to be blurry, the document now includes the following note:
Make sure that there’s nothing blocking the camera lens. If you’re using a case, try removing it. With iPhone 6 Plus, a metallic case or magnetic lens could interfere with optical image stabilization. If you have a metallic case or magnetic lens attachment, try taking a picture without it. Then compare the quality.