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Audio problem found on some Apple iPhone 4S units

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Audio problem found on some Apple iPhone 4S units
Some Apple iPhone 4S users are having audio problems while making a phone call. The person receiving the call can hear the caller, but not the other way around. The problem does not happen with every call, but happens enough to be frustrating for iPhone users. Some have been able to find a workaround to the problem and that might have to satisfy iPhone owners for now as there are no plans in the works to update iOS to resolve the problem.The iOS 5.0.1 build has fixes for battery life and some other bugs, but did not address the audio issue. The current seed builds also do not have a solution to the problem.

Both AT&T and Verizon customers have been affected by the audio issue, and while hanging up and re-dialing the call seems to be a solution, some have reported the problem occurring on back-to-back calls. Because the problem has come up, although less often, with models of the Apple iPhone 4 running on iOS 5, some believe this to be a software problem. Some theorize that the audio problem could have been on the iPhone 4 and that the newer hardware design on the latest iPhone version made the problem worse.

There have been some temporary solutions to the problem. There is the aforementioned workaround where the caller hangs up after he can't hear the person he is calling, and re-dials. Another solution is to use a headset when making the call, instead of holding the phone up to your face. Other things that have worked include rebooting the phone, asking Siri to make the call, and having the software on the Apple iPhone go through a full restore.

1,600 replies to the main thread have appeared on 109 pages on Apple's web site. The problem seems to have started when the Apple iPhone 4S was launched in November and continued through the iOS 5 update. Despite that rather large number focusing on one complaint, Apple has yet to make an official comment on the issue which is being called "Audiogate", following the model's "Batterygate" issue last year.

source: Apple via AppleInsider

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posted on 03 Jan 2012, 23:55 7

1. Nickmfnjackson (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


A as Android user, i'm tired of hearing every single flaw about the iPhone. My sgs2 re started like three times in a row today (probably because of my crappy aftermarket battery) but we know its not perfect so why is every malfunction always made a big deal?

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 00:33 7

5. hector93 (Posts: 10; Member since: 07 Jun 2010)


Because the iPhone is supposed to be PERFECT.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 00:37 7

6. SleepingOz (unregistered)


That's actually what they pretend it to be.. haha

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 01:36 1

7. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Everybody is tired of the "iPhone bug of the week"

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 02:15 3

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


actually, we have a betting pool.

anyone have "cant hear them calling bug" as the weekly bet? you win! :)

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 13:47 1

23. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Funny thing I said weeks ago that this silent call bug existed and was rampant in iphone 4s and that we have had alot of angry customers in my shop looking to return their faulty iphones as a result,and all i got here on phonearena was abuse from sad ifans like taco that 'it didn't exist'.

Still though I'm delight to see the iphone being reported as actually being faulty again!

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 00:15 3

2. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


This happens to me, but pressing the speaker button , then un pressing it fixes it for me, simple fix,

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 00:20 6

3. SleepingOz (unregistered)


iBug of the week 's back!

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 00:26 1

4. medalaster01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Same problem with my iPhone 4s but actually it is the mute that gets pressed when ever i take a call it happens 5/10 times so i am being extra careful when i lift a call now.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 01:43 4

8. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


And that is why my friends I would never waste money in getting an Apple product. Funny how my iFanboy friend yesterday told me all Android phones are full of bugs and lagg XD

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 08:06 1

18. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


your friend is right...and i used to be an android user.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 09:45 3

19. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Ah so the latest version you tried was Eclair 2.1 on a single core 800 MHZ device with 350 MB of RAM? :P

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 03:51 1

10. manuell3g (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


seriously am beginning to think people just come here to lie about phones they dont use and hate. i have been using my htc inspire 4g with miui rom for months now and havent witnessed a single lag or bug..android is smooth n non laggy compared to my friends iphone 3gs.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 06:14 2

12. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I stand to be corrected. iPhones dont lag 2 much unlike Android due to so much an Android phone goes thru. Think about those live wallpapers, while you're still posting you new status on facebook, you get a string of notifications from Whatsapp, twitter, etc. So in my opinion, i think if Android devices were using iOS, they would be extra smooth due to the simplicity and lack of customization, widgets, live wallpapers and so on.

#iStandToBeCorrected.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 06:10 1

11. BlazinEmperor (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


Android Is Smooth? Really? The only smooth experience i've had on Android was with a Samsung Galaxy S2, though it lags at times when navigating through homescreens, but HTC, LG, S.E... All show so much lag even when it's a high-end device.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 06:18 2

13. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Lets be honest here, If iPad or iPhone was running Android, it'll be a nightmare. Android runs alot of thing while iOS doesnt. I think we need to get that out of the way as much as we all love our beloved tasty fruit. Like I said, if all Android devices were running an iOS, they would be smoother than iDevices

#AniFanWithDaDifference

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 10:31 1

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


u know that makes no sense right? The i4 and the SGS1 are the same phone internally. The SGS1 had a newer GPU, but the CPU, ram, and everything else was identical. Samsung makes the bulk of the internals of the iphones for a reason. Apple wants the best parts. Those parts come from Sammy.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 12:39

21. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


....And then I was like "Was that reply for me?" #FullStopExclamation lol....

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 00:34

25. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I agree here, iFans need to learn the difference between "optimized" and "Lack of functions"

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 06:43 2

16. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Lol what? Are you sure you didn't mistake the HTC and SE phones with cheap chinese copies?

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 06:30

14. BlazinEmperor (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


iOS is a highly optimised OS, just the same way Nokia optimises Symbian... But Google can't start optimising Android for each OEM, that will be a huge task, that's why u can even see an Android device lagging even when it's brand new, they rely on heavy hardware to offer an acceptable performance, that's why I discourage people from buying Low End/Mid Range Android phones, you'll only end up scavenging the whole internet for a LAG FIX.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 06:33

15. BlazinEmperor (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


If you stay in the U.S & you can't afford a High-End Android phone, then you better join the WP7 train, atleast you're sure of a buttery smooth performance even on mid-range hardware.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 07:49 1

17. tbar (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Jan 2010)


If a WP 7 phone had a bug like this, people would be calling for the execution of Steve B. Since is Apple, it's acceptable. ("This happens to me, but pressing the speaker button , then un pressing it fixes it for me, simple fix,"). Amazing. I've got to give it to Apple. They have built a fanbase (including this site - a few??? 109 pages of a forum isn't a few) that simply ignores their bugs. I personally don't want a phone that doesn't do the most basic function of a phone without a workaround. That's just crazy.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 12:42

22. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


True Dat!

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 14:58

24. taz89 (Posts: 2009; Member since: 03 May 2011)


must be a MISTAKE...apple dont create products that are not perfect lol PA get ready to be sued....joking aside every phone has bugs,unless you buy a ''dumb'' phone then expect a few bugs here and there.

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