Apple has announced a service program to repair failing receivers on iPhone 12 and 12 Professionals (via 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 without cost as a part of the brand new program. Based on Apple, the issue is attributable to a part within the receiver module failing.
Apple’s page says that solely a “very small proportion” of gadgets could also be affected. Whereas it may be laborious to inform what Apple means by “small proportion” (it infamously used the phrase when describing the variety of butterfly keyboards that skilled points), it doesn’t seem that the earpiece challenge is widespread — looking for experiences 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 may be one factor to notice in case you’ve received this drawback and need to ship your telephone in, although: Apple says that in case your display is cracked, it’ll should be fastened earlier than it’ll perform the receiver restore. Whereas the earpiece repair gained’t value you something, the display injury restore might, so simply remember.
Apple additionally says that telephones “will probably be examined previous to any service” to ensure they’re eligible for this system. This seemingly implies that you gained’t be getting a free repair in case you’re like me and broke your telephone’s receiver by by accident spilling boiling scorching pickling liquid into it. C’est la vie.