iPhone 4S users now complaining of audio echo bug

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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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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86 Comments

1. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

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

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

54. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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/

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..

4. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

52. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

53. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

56. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

78. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lololol... thanks guys. why would i have dissappeared though??

84. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

you're talking wrong!

15. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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. . .

70. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

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

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

32. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

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

51. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

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

83. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

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

67. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah compared to two tin cans with a string.

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

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

25. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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 :)

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

*snorts* oh that's fooooonny! xD

30. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

43. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

45. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

79. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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?

17. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

My God you are annoying.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

22. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

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