With the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, Apple will release a software update to address a problem wherein using the camera in third-party apps like Snapchat, Instagram, or TikTok would result in a wobbly image and noises emanating from the camera hump. Apple spokesperson Alex Kirschner wrote in an email to The Verge that the firm is “aware of the issue and a remedy will be published next week.”
Although the cameras worked just fine in Apple’s own app, it wasn’t immediately clear when reports of the glitch began to surface over the weekend if the problem was with the third-party apps themselves or with iOS 16. It would seem that the problem is with the iPhone and its APIs rather than the third-party apps given that Apple is releasing an update.
In its statement, Apple doesn’t specify the precise problem. It has been suggested that the optical image stabilization mechanism of the phone was the key, which is a reasonable assumption considering that it literally moves the camera’s components. The ordinary iPhone 14, which doesn’t seem to have this problem, reportedly has the same system as the Pro, but the Pro uses a “second-generation” version of it that isn’t present on the regular model.
It won’t be the first time an update for the iPhone 14 range solves a camera issue; iOS 16.0.1, published last week for Apple’s newest phones, rectified a problem where some photographs turned out soft “while zooming in landscape position on iPhone 14 Pro Max.”