The iPhone 14 Pro has been on shelves for only a few days but it’s already experiencing its first widespread bug. Users on Reddit, TikTok, and Twitter have documented a strange issue where the main camera is “shaking uncontrollably” when trying to use some third-part social media apps.
The issue appears to be related to the optical image stabilization sensor. When launching a third-party app that uses the camera–notably, Snapchat, TikTok, and Instagram–the OIS sensor can’t focus and continuously attempts to stabilize the viewfinder. The result is a very blurry image and shaking noise coming from the camera itself.
The issue is clearly software related since it doesn’t affect Apple’s own Camera app. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple has identified a fix that it will push to users “next week.”
Now on @TheTerminal: Apple has identified a fix for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max camera shake issue and a software update will be released next week. The issue had been impacting third-party apps like Snap and TikTok that use the camera.
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) September 19, 2022
Apple has previously issued a warning for the OIS system in iPhone cameras over excessive exposure to “high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges,” saying that “long-term direct exposure … may degrade the performance of these systems and lead to reduced image quality for photos and videos.”
Before the fix arrives, there are no workarounds for this bug other than to use Apple’s Camera app to take photos and videos and then bring those into the apps.