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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Exhibiting 'Hissing' Noises Under Load for Some Users

After the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus began arriving to the first round of pre-order customers on Friday, a few users noticed what's become known as a "hissing" sound emanating from the back of the device, where the Apple logo is located. The first reports began on Friday, but the occurrence gained ground when 512 Pixels' Stephen Hackett tweeted about it, posting a video with the "terrible noises" produced by his iPhone clearly audible, which he determined to be caused by heavy performance at the time.


When he brought the issue to AppleCare, Hackett was told to bring the iPhone into an Apple retail location to swap it out, but given the low stock of nearly all iPhone 7 models, that solution isn't particularly helpful at the moment. Friday night, a member of the MacRumors forums, liorgr, confirmed the somewhat "common" issue facing the iPhone 7, although it's still unknown as to whether the noise could come from all versions of the device, or if it's just "a faulty batch."
I just came back from the Apple Store.

They had no idea what it is and what could it be (not surprising as this phones just came out today), so they ordered a replacement phone for me /:

They could reproduce the issue easily. Also I noticed that when turning on the phone you can hear it very well, I guess because of the extra processing that is being done while booting the device.

Kind of disappointed they don't have a few in stock for cases like this, but on the other hand it sounds like an issue more common than 1 damaged phone. so I hope that if it is a faulty batch or something like that so the wait my pay off and by the time I get my replacement phone it will be fixed.
Since his tweet, more and more iPhone 7 users have come forward about the issue and corroborated Hackett's story. On the MacRumors forums, mentions of a "buzzing" and "static" sound coming from the back of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus began on Friday afternoon. Specifically, forum member maxlind noted that the noise happened on his 128GB iPhone 7 Plus under load, without charging or restoring from an iCloud backup.
My new iPhone 7 Plus (128GB, Black) has an odd buzzing / static sound coming from it. Specifically, if I put my ear up to the back of the phone where the apple logo is, I can hear the battery or processor or something “working”… note the sound file attached.

Nope, not charging. I thought maybe at first it was just the phone overworking itself during an iCloud restore (it got pretty hot too)... but the noise is still there.
One Redditor who got his iPhone 7 Plus replaced at an Apple store noticed immediately that his new iPhone was making a similar sound, so the issue could potentially be affecting a large number of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models due to the high-capacity performance abilities of the A10 chip. Since there are no actual moving components on the chip, it's still unclear what could be making the noise.

As pointed out by The Verge, the consensus of the noise's origin online is that it's caused by a phenomenon known as "coil noise."
What’s going on here? Potentially nothing major, and Apple declined to comment on this story. So we can’t say for sure what the cause is yet, nor how widespread it is — though to the latter point, it doesn’t seem to be affecting a large number of users.

The consensus around the web right now is that this is some form of “coil noise” or “coil whine” — the sort of sound a high powered processor or virtually any electronic part can make, especially when it’s not properly dampened. It can crop up when the chip is under heavy load, and you might be able to hear it on any recent phone if you put it under load and listen very closely. I can, for example, hear some high-pitched noises on my Galaxy S7 Edge if I hold it up to my ear in a quiet room.
Still, despite the problem slowly becoming infamous over the weekend, some sites tried to replicate the issue and failed. Using performance benchmark software 3D Mark "Ice Storm Extreme," Engadget ended up hearing "no hissing at all" on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. As many users have theorized, the sound issue could "stem from a manufacturing issue instead of an inherent design quirk." Until Apple addresses the problem, that still leaves affected users to either deal with the noise, or attempt to get a replacement that could potentially face the same sound.

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22 weeks ago
Easy fix. Settings>Sounds>SnakeSound needs to be set to "off."
Rating: 74 Votes
22 weeks ago
This new iPhone is causing quite a buzz!
Rating: 42 Votes
22 weeks ago
#hissgate
Rating: 25 Votes
22 weeks ago
I have a theory, the iPhone 7 is the true Slytherin heir...

first "iPhone 7" is a very unusual name for a phone, what does the number 7 remind you of? Horcruxes of course! Voldemort split his soul to seven pieces!

Second, apparently people (or muggles) are hearing "hiss" sounds, guys this is the iPhone speaking in parseltongue, calling its master...

Third, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus come in two new colors, what are the colors? Black and jet black! And voldemort always wears a black robe...

And lastly, The only new stock wallpaper in iOS 10 is a green waterfall, green is for slytherin.

Apple is slytherin, and the iPhone 7 is the slytherin heir.


Edit: OH AND ALSO, The apple, in the old testament was a tool the devil (THE SNAKE) used to lure eve into the sin! Apple! snake! Are you getting it???
Rating: 22 Votes
22 weeks ago
But did it blow up???
Rating: 17 Votes
22 weeks ago
Or people could just stop trying to find problems with things and create iGates out of them. Do people seriously have nothing better to do with their time?
Rating: 15 Votes
22 weeks ago
We're somewhere between #5 and #6. The sooner we get to #15 the better. :D


Here's the typical cycle for problems reported on Apple products:
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* A few members post reports of the problem, report it to Apple
* No response from Apple
* Increased number of people report the issue
* No response from Apple
* Apple apologists dismiss the reports as very rare, the result of trolling, or exaggeration by drama queens
* Even more reports of the problem
* No response from Apple
* News of the problem hits blogs
* Apple apologists dismiss the blogs as simply engaging in clickbait
* No response from Apple
* Those affected by the issue threaten a class-action lawsuit
* Apple apologists decry the "sue happy" nature of American consumers
* Apple acknowledges the legitimacy of the problem
* Apple apologists are silent
* Apple release an update to correct the problem

or
15a. They set up a "program" to address the problem.
16a. Apple gains some positive publicity
17a. Apple apologists applaud Apple for doing the "right thing". (for an issue that they said from day-1 was not actually an issue)
18a. First hand experience with the “program” reveals very strict guidelines and restrictions that greatly reduce the number of affected customers that can participate in the program.
Rating: 11 Votes
22 weeks ago
Please no more "gates"....
Rating: 10 Votes
22 weeks ago

I read a few threads about this... seems the issue in most circumstances can only be heard when you press your ear to the phone.


It seems to be hiss and mit...
Rating: 9 Votes
22 weeks ago
That's probably just the fan kicking in.

#FanGate
Rating: 8 Votes

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