Apple will release a software update to fix an issue with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Using the camera in third-party apps like Snapchat, Instagram, or TikTok would lead to a shaking image and grinding or buzzing noises from the camera bump.
The company is “aware of the issue, and a fix will be released next week,” according to a statement by Apple spokesperson Alex Kirschner.
When reports of the bug started hitting over the weekend, it wasn’t clear if the issue was with the third-party apps themselves or with iOS 16, though the cameras functioned just fine in Apple’s app. However, given that it’s Apple releasing an update, it appears that the issue is with the iPhone and its APIs rather than the third-party apps.
Apple’s statement doesn’t say precisely what’s causing the issue. However, there’s been speculation that it came down to the phone’s optical image stabilization system, which isn’t a wrong guess given that its job is to move parts of the camera around.
According to Apple’s website, the regular iPhone 14, which doesn’t appear to have this issue, also has this system. Still, the Pro uses a “second-generation” version not found on the regular model.
It won’t be the first update that addresses a camera problem for the iPhone 14 lineup — iOS 16.0.1, released last week for Apple’s latest phones, fixed an issue where some photos turned out soft “when zooming in landscape orientation on iPhone 14 Pro Max.”
The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro ship contain a version of iOS 16 having activation and migration bugs. As a result, apple is unleashing a vital day-one iOS update for anyone planning to set up an iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro.
The first set of iPhone 14 handsets are shipping with an old version of iOS 16. Unfortunately, apple discovered it contains a few bugs that can induce activation and migration problems during the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro setup. With that in mind, a new iPhone 14-specific iOS 16.0.1 update must be installed as the priority on your new iPhone.
Apple can’t automatically nestle this iOS update, so it’s up to the user to trigger it. However, your iPhone will witness and prompt you to install it before setting up the handset, so it should be a hassle-free procedure. After that, you can spend hours reworking the lock screen to create it for yours.
The same update is being made public for the Pro Max because it contains a fix for a bug that creates photos to appear “soft” when zooming in landscape orientation. There is also a difficulty with business single sign-on apps failing to authenticate, which this update cracks.