Apple has introduced a service program to repair failing receivers on iPhone 12 and 12 Execs (through 9to5Mac). The corporate says that non-Mini or Max telephones made between October 2020 and April 2021 could have a problem the place no sound comes out of the earpiece when making or receiving calls, and that it’ll repair the problem at no cost as a part of the brand new program. In keeping with Apple, the issue is brought on by a part within the receiver module failing.
Apple’s web page says that solely a “very small share” of gadgets could also be affected. Whereas it may be onerous to inform what Apple means by “small share” (it infamously used the phrase when describing the variety of butterfly keyboards that skilled points), it doesn’t seem that the earpiece subject is widespread — trying to find studies of failing receivers on Reddit or Twitter solely turned up a couple of complaints.
Nonetheless, for these with these telephones, it’s good to know that in case your earpiece begins to go you’ll have some recourse. Whereas all iPhone 12s are nonetheless underneath Apple’s one yr guarantee, the service program covers gadgets for 2 years after buy, giving your earpiece an additional yr of protection. There’s one factor to notice in the event you’ve received this drawback and wish to ship your cellphone in, although: Apple says that in case your display is cracked, it’ll need to be mounted earlier than it’ll perform the receiver restore. Whereas the earpiece repair gained’t price you something, the display harm restore may, so simply remember.
Apple additionally says that telephones “will likely be examined previous to any service” to ensure they’re eligible for this system. This doubtless signifies that you gained’t be getting a free repair in the event you’re like me and broke your cellphone’s receiver by by chance spilling boiling sizzling pickling liquid into it. C’est la vie.