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iPhone dock disassembly reveals flaw?

updated 05:25 pm EDT, Tue July 3, 2007

iPhone dock disassembly

Disassembly of the dock that accompanies Apple's iPhone may reveal why sound input and output is muffled when the phone is docked. The muffling occurs despite the fact that the iPhone dock features grills on the underside designed to pass sound through from the microphone and speaker. Photos taken by Fastmac -- the company which disassembled the dock -- suggest that the problem is a result of either poor design or a manufacturing flaw. [photos]

Photos courtesy of Fastmac

by MacNN Staff





  1. todds6776

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A dumb miscommunication for sure! Although, is this really much of an issue? Is the phone supposed to be designed so that you can answer calls while it's synching or charging?

  1. dscottbuch

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Works fine for me

    I'm listening to music from the iPhone in its dock right now. It's really impressive for such a tiny speaker. I also answered a phone call while in the dock and no problems.

  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it is a problem

    I can't hear very well on it, people can't hear me, when it's in the dock. And the thing has volume issues for me as it is. I think having it in the dock is nice for a phone. Easy to find, use, etc.

    Just one nit out of very few for me, though.

  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    cant see

    Well, what is the flaw? I don't see it jumping out at me.

  1. Simon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So yeah, where's the flaw?

  1. zac4mac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    looks like grille cloth

    you know, stuff that's sonically transparent. Guess I'll have to take mine apart and see. FastMac says the holes are plugged.


  1. Darwiniandude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Meant to be that way?

    My guess is that they designed it this way to avoid feedback/echo (squeal) when on speakerphone mode whilst in the dock.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lawyers, lawyers, lawyers

    Let the class action lawsuits begin!

  1. ethical_paul

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Here's an idea--

    if you get a call, take it out of the dock?

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