Two Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 7 Audio Problems You Won’t Love


Apple Inc. iPhone 7 already has a couple of problems but the firm is making moves to fix them before they become a concern for new buyers. When Samsung Note 7 started exploding, people thought it was just a few random occurrences but the frequency of the explosions later forced Samsung to issue a recall. However, the “number 7” was Apple’s lucky number and its stock has been enjoying bullish tailwinds after the iPhone 7 was unveiled.

However, it appears that the “number 7” might be cursed for Apple as well; albeit, to a lesser degree than Samsung.  Users have started reporting issues with the iPhone 7 and Apple must act fast to prevent a new “gate” problem on its iPhone7.

Apple Inc (AAPL) iPhone 7

1. Does Apple have a ‘Hissgate’ Problem?

One of the problems facing the iPhone is the “Hissgate” palaver in which users reported a hissing sound when the device runs near its full capacity. When Apple launched its iPhone 7, it touted its A10 Fusion chip as one of the key selling points of the device. The A10 chip offers impressive power that makes it 40% faster than iPhone 6S. In fact, the A10 chip is faster than any of the A-x chips available in the market right now.

However, the power packed into the iPhone 7 comes at a cost and people have started to report a ‘hissing” sound when the phone functions near maximum capacity. The problem was first brought to limelight when Stephen Hackett of 512 Pixels described the problem.

In his words, “As my iPhone 7 Plus was restoring from iCloud, I thought I noticed some sound… After picking the device up from my desk, it was clear the sounds are coming from back of the phone, possibly from the CPU. It seems to get worse if the iPhone is under load, and can be heard while the phone is sitting on a table.”

Interestingly, Marco Arment, a iOS developer and influencer has taken a practical stance on the whole brouhaha. He noted that the hissing noise is probably a function of the high computing power of the iPhone. In his words, “it’s the phone equivalent of hearing the fans spin up loudly whenever your Mac’s CPU gets used to its actual potential.” Nonetheless, he notes that ” there may be a good reason, but it’s still unfortunate and ungraceful.”

2. Earpod bug frustrates music lovers on iPhone 7

The second problem with the iPhone 7 is that some users are becoming frustrated with the connection between the Earpods and the Lightning port. Buyers of the first batch of iPhone 7 have reported that they tend to lose the inline controls of their Earpods when the display is idle for 5 minutes without any music playing in the background.

In essence, you might not be able to use the Earpod for voice calls or to control music playback if the device has been idle for 5 minutes. The only solution is to remove the Earpod and reconnect it with the Lightning port.

Apple fan boys have started to argue the iPhone maker intentionally allowed a disconnection glitch between the Earpod and lightning port. They maintained that the glitch was functional because it would prevent accessories connected to the Lightning port from draining your iPhone battery in idle mode.

However, the fact that the glitch happens on a few random phones instead of happening on all iPhone 7s confirms that the glitch is the outcome of a bug. To Apple’s credit, the firm has acknowledged the problem with Lightning port and that’s a good step towards solving the problem. The firm has noted that it would push out an update fix the issues with the Lightning port and Earpod and observers think that the update should be out before fall.

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Victor Alagbe is a seasoned business and finance writer with a specialty in writing about how to invest for the long-term in healthcare, pharmacology, energy and tech stocks. His long-term focus is on stocks that provide a nice mix of growth and income. For the short term, he passionately writes about trading stock options for the excitement and leverage that stock options offer.


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