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iPhone 4S users now complaining of audio echo bug

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iPhone 4S users now complaining of audio echo bug
Apple has been hard at work trying to find a fix for the battery issues that have been causing some users frustration with the new iPhone 4S, and may be closing in on a fix. But, now there are reports that there is an audio bug when using wired headsets on the iPhone 4S which is causing an echo on calls. 

The reports have been documented on the Apple's support forums, and have been independently verified by a number of sites, including BGR. The basic problem is that when making a call and using the wired headsets, either from Apple or 3rd party headsets, there is an echo that occurs at random times during a phone call. Apple has not yet commented on the issue. 

Of course, there are a couple pretty simple work-arounds for this issue. The easiest is to just not use a wired headset on calls. If you really want to use a wired headset, there have been reports of temporarily fixing the issue by unplugging the headset and plugging it back in when the echo occurs, or by turning on the speakerphone and turning it off.

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posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:03 6

1. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


And if the conversation is boring hang up and call again later.... awesome advice Apple.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:09 8

3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2673; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The fix advice isn't from Apple, it's from users who have come across the bug.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 01:26 1

54. roscuthiii (Posts: 1803; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It sounds an awful lot like an Apple solution, similar to "Don't hold it that way," and this one from an Apple Genius: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-18438_7-20128213-82/apple-genius-turn-off-your-phone-for-better-battery-life/

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 07:57 1

68. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


dont mind sir but this advise sounds like comin from PA.. .. i just dont understand why do u guys tryina save apple every time there is an issue with an ixyz .... dont take it personally coz i respect u for d knowledge u hv but PA is always descriminating when it comes to Apple .. means let it b phone ratings, reveiws, basically anything which is non apple..

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:11 4

4. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


At least they didn't say that people are holding it wrong.

Of course it is part of the design; have the battery cut out before the echo begins.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 01:03 3

52. remixfa (Posts: 13907; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


just another in the long list of smartphone bugs. if it were like 2 years ago or so when most people still used wired head sets.. id say it was a huge deal....

As it is.. meh.. who the heck stll wires their phone to a head set on a regular basis? I pull my 3.5 jack from my guitar and put it in my phone when im on a call in the office, but other than that.. its a rarity... and I probably use a headset more than most... lol.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 01:08 2

53. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2988; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yay remixfa is still here! Thought we lost someone whos awesome and actually knows what he's talking about!

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 01:36 1

56. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5598; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


everything will be okay as long as you have your King. i'd hate to lose remixfa though. he's a great subject to have around.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:38

78. remixfa (Posts: 13907; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lololol... thanks guys.

why would i have dissappeared though??

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 10:50

84. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1587; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


you're talking wrong!

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 21:02

15. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I think other handsets has that same issue (not just iPhones) although it is a rarity, in my case it was the fluctuating network signals that was the culprit although that occurrence is still rare. . .

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 08:02 1

70. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


true !!!! ...and this changes everything again .. lol

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:06 6

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2988; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I'm really not surprised, considering most iPhone's have had bad call quality from the start. But at least there should be a fix for it soon.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:24 1

32. kcombs (Posts: 246; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


that's funny because the call quality has been good on both of my iPhone's..

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 00:30 2

51. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


What makes it funny? I don't get it.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:56

83. kcombs (Posts: 246; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


"that's funny" is just an expression dude!

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 07:36 1

67. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yeah compared to two tin cans with a string.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 07:59 1

69. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


very true .. irony is even apple would admit that there is a problem bt PA wont .. thats really funny lol

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:17 8

5. Sniggly (Posts: 7033; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well now. Though I understand it's a minor bug, it is satisfying in a way to have one more thing to hold up to IFanboys when they claim that Apple is totally perfect and has no issues.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:49 4

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha nobody claims that... its just a problem with anti apple people (ignorance if u didnt get that).. and i have not had this issue at all with my iphone and i also have not had the battery issue after turning off the auto time zone feature.. i think that is the problem

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:06 2

25. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Oh yes sniggly. We all say that the iphone is perfect all the time....not. Geez, stop lying. No iphone fanboy has ever claimed the iphone to be perfect. You're actually the first one to say that :)

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:07 1

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5598; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


*snorts* oh that's fooooonny! xD

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:15 5

30. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2988; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


lol you guys may not say the iPhone is perfect but you sure worship it like it is.

God this place cracks me up, it's become a full on fanboy warzone.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:59 5

43. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


530 your wrong , jobs did say it was perfect. When the iphone 4 came out he never admitted he made a bad phone he started to blame other phones.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 23:27

45. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


hahahahahaha maybe u shud thikn about "blame other phones" try and say "other phones had the same problem"? idk but please.. dont make up stuff about apple

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:39

79. remixfa (Posts: 13907; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


have you ever heard taco or gallito? taco was singing its perfection, even as he had to have it warranteed.. lol

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:58 8

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7033; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hi Taco.

I've been meaning to ask you, since you're obvious loving the possibility of Remixfa enacting a self imposed exile from Phonearena: do you want me gone too? And if so, who else do you wish to see gone from Phonearena?

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 21:34 3

17. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


My God you are annoying.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 21:49 6

19. Sniggly (Posts: 7033; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I am? Okay. Any reason why your opinion should matter to me?

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 21:56 5

22. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2988; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


And this coming from you? The same person who never posts anything other than whining and complaining about how Android is copying this and android is copying that.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 21:53 2

21. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2988; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


What? Apparently I have missed a lot. What the heck happened with Remixfa?

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:21 2

31. Sniggly (Posts: 7033; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


He made a bet with Taco, which Taco readily agreed to, that if Android loses significant market share or something in Quarter One 2012, Remixfa will voluntarily leave Phonearena in self imposed exile. Of course, Taco is cartoonish in the magnitude of the facts he gets wrong, claiming that Remixfa will be BANNED. Of course, self imposed exile is NOT a ban, but hey.

So I've been thinking: if Taco really wants every person here who isn't an iFanboy gone, why not give him what he wants? Enact a mass exodus from Phonearena. Show him what the site looks like without us.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:24 7

33. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2988; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


lol this place would be a ghost town without us. Then the ifanboys would just be bored and lonley. All four of them, lol.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 00:14 3

50. Sniggly (Posts: 7033; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


No, seriously. I say we all just leave. Give Taco what he wants. Let him win. I mean, when someone wants something that bad, why not grant them their wish?

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:30 2

37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5598; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


or he could go to an Apple Fanboy site. xD

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 03:24

60. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5598; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


aw, you didn't remember me? that kind of hurts.

guess i'll get to stick around to keep the order from becoming chaos.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 02:19

59. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


The bet is Samsuck vs Apple, Q1 most TOTAL smartphone sales.

I know remix will not follow through as usual. He will backpedal and make himself to be the village idiot. Oh wait...

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 13:35

86. remixfa (Posts: 13907; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The bet is simple.

Whoever has higher sales in Q1 2012 wins... either samsung or apple.

The prize is the loser must leave the site forever. Taco likes to play it up like he is getting me banned and that he has absolutely no chance of losing. Neither is the case.

His logic is "apple rules", my logic is based on sales, known launches, historical trends and whatnot.

Both companies have been in the top spot in the last few quarters, and neither has had it very long. its a toss up.
I believe apple will win Q4 2011 and then samsung will win Q1 2012... especially with the later than expected launch of the galaxy nexus which will mean it will still be selling strong into next year, the launch of the note, the SGS2 which still sells like crazy, new SGS2 (HD) variants, and whatever else compared to what will be a 3-6 month old minor upgrade of an iphone4. The ONLY thing that is going to bolster Apple's sales is going to be its free 3gs and super cheap i4 sales.

Samsung beat Apple in Q3 without the SGS2 even being available in the US, which is their largest market, and the SGS2 has been consistantly outselling the iphone in most of the countries that it was availible in since it launched 6-8 months ago. Add in the fact that the i5 rumors will be swinging again after christmas and its going to get people to wait and not buy the i4s.


I'm going to be sad to see taco go.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 00:12 2

49. Sniggly (Posts: 7033; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh, and one more thing. It's "cue." Queue is a lineup of things to be done, completed, whatever.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:30 3

7. MarloThaMartian (Posts: 41; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)


Thats what they get

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:36 6

8. Andman314 (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Its time for IPhone 4S users to move to Android!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA I

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:25 3

34. kcombs (Posts: 246; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


why so they can have a crap phone that freezes all the time?..

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 04:05 2

64. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


KCombs the only ones that are frozen is the brain of iPhone user's can't think by themselves don't have freewill. Only get what Apple wants to give them even if it's the crappie 4 s boring same design for over 2 year .wow that's is so boring

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:38 8

9. Stuntman (Posts: 720; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


No phone is without flaws and the iPhone is no exception.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:47 1

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5783; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Sounds like a problem with noise cancellation algorithm in iOS 5.0. The problem wasn't present in iOS v. 4.X.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 20:56 6

12. dmn666 (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Mr. X (Apple guy in charge of call quality): Hey Steve, this s**t sucks as a phone. ...antenna,phoney network indicator, echo, no LTE...

SJ: So did ipods as music player, Moron! $20 Sansas sound way better. But hey, consumers are idiots - they always forget what the device was primarily made for. Just call it magical and watch how those goofs line up for this

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 21:01 7

14. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Not Apple..for crying out loud...battery problems...echo...boosters for signal...what did apple do for one and a half years....in the making of this suppossed to be best ever iphone...when in the long run the only thing added was dual core and a sub par assistant called siri....you ask siri a logical question and the phone freezes...

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 21:03 6

16. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


More daily activations for Android forthcoming....the iphone is following RIMs footsteps...great..big at first and didnt adapt to an ever evolving cell phone world...of technology...

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:34 6

40. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


I agree, iphone is becoming the next blackberry

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 21:48 4

18. Carlitos (Posts: 327; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Ok I prefer android over iphones. I still like there devices, but there shouldn't be things like this. It took them one and a half year to make this, they shouldn't really have any problems. I know nothing is perfect but, the iphones 4 is becoming to look more solid.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:12

28. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Is that why they kept their ip4s? Lol.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:32 2

38. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5598; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


nope, they're all returning them tonight. ;P

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:04 1

23. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


My phone its amazing I have no problems with my 4s its perfect.. And way better than all you Android fanboys.. Android sucks.. jk :D Android forever.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 03:51 1

63. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Jobes the 4 s is perfect for you cause it fits right at your hand that's cause you have girly hands lol

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:05 2

24. RobinLim (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


In theory with only one phone release per year, and an operating system designed around the new phone this kind of thing should not happen. I guess it is a testament as to how complex these devices are that pre-production testing does not catch things.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:09 1

27. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


As usual, android fanboys are so quick to jump on this issue as if this bug happens all the time whether ur using a wired headset or not, tsk, tsk, tsk. Android fanboys have such low IQ's :)

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 03:44 1

62. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


530 if iphone is so good way is it having this problems where is the quality ? Where is the prestige of Apple.? I think I can answer that one , it went with jobs next time when you buy a phone think first then buy.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 09:41

80. remixfa (Posts: 13907; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


good thing im not one of those android fanboys then huh. lol

if you really wanna poke at "which side is dumber".. which side consists of taco, gallito, and 25% of its userbase that things the i4 was 4g.. lol :)

i playing, but the point was, glass houses and stones n such.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:12 3

29. slicer (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Apple never tests these devices before the launch?!! Unbelievable!!

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:37 4

41. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5783; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"Apple never tests these devices before the launch?!!"

Why waste the $ when you can have iFanbois do the testing for you?

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