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Bad Vibrations – iOS 16.0.2 fixes blurry camera issue

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Apple was in for some bad press last week when it surfaced that the cameras on its latest iPhone 14 range were physically vibrating in third-party apps. Luckily, a quick software update fixes the issue.

Some users – this writer included! – suffered a problem in which the main camera would shake when shooting with certain apps, making it impossible to capture a clear shot. It’s subtle, but noticeable – the image would still move side to side even with the camera completely stationary, with autofocus struggling to keep up.

Affected apps included Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok, and in some cases the vibrations were enough to destabilize the lens, leaving users unable to focus in the default Camera app either. For an expensive, brand-new phone, it’s not a good look.

There was a brief period in which it looked like those apps would require an update to fix the issue, but clearly the problem was on Apple’s end somewhere, and thankfully, it has been found and fixed in the latest patch.

If you have an iPhone 14 or 14 Pro, make sure to update to iOS 16.0.2 as soon as possible. The long-term effects of this weird bug are unknown, but certainly, nothing good can come of it.

The update also tones down the appearance of copy and paste permission prompts, which are good news for privacy but were showing up too often for some people.