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iPhone 3G S troubled by high-pitched sounds

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon June 22, 2009

iPhone 3G S sound problems

Some users of the iPhone 3G S -- launched last Friday -- are continuing to experience a serious sound issue, Apple support discussions reveal. After various sounds on the device are played, such as the effects for unlocking or text messaging, owners may encounter a high-pitched tone. The frequency of the tone is thought to be near 15KHz.

The tone may in fact be unnoticeable to some users, but those who can detect it may find it extremely irritating. It is believed however that the problem may be connected to software, due to the timing of the noise, and its sudden removal when a phone is set to use vibrating alerts. Apple has yet to acknowledge the problem, leaving a potential fix date uncertain.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Legacy "feature"

    The Newton used to do the same thing when you turned on backlighting, it had a high pitched little buzz. Not everyone noticed it.

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No manufacturer is perfect. It's a good reason why I don't go out and buy products on day one. I'll let someone else be the guinea pig.

  1. da5idj

    Joined: Dec 1969


    1G MBA does it too

    My MacBook Air 1.8GHz SSD 1st gen has the same problem but only through the headphone jack, but as no one else can seem to hear it, no one will fix it.

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thought it was just me!

    I thought I was hearing things the first few times I heard it. Glad to find out others are experiencing it too. It doesn't bother me all that much - it stops after about 2 seconds.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sorry to hear this

    One just hopes the troubled iPhone gets help before it starts heading down the wrong path of crime and drugs.

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