Apple has announced a service program to fix 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 might have a problem the place no sound comes out of the earpiece when making or receiving calls, and that it’ll fix the problem for free as a part of the brand new program. In response to Apple, the issue is attributable to a element 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 exhausting 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 reviews 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 if your earpiece begins to go you’ll have some recourse. Whereas all iPhone 12s are nonetheless beneath Apple’s one yr guarantee, the service program covers gadgets for two years after buy, giving your earpiece an additional yr of protection. There may be one factor to notice if you happen to’ve received this drawback and want to ship your telephone in, although: Apple says that if your display screen is cracked, it’ll must be fastened earlier than it’ll perform the receiver restore. Whereas the earpiece fix gained’t value you something, the display screen harm restore may, so simply bear in mind.
Apple additionally says that telephones “might be examined previous to any service” to verify they’re eligible for this system. This probably implies that you gained’t be getting a free fix if you happen to’re like me and broke your telephone’s receiver by unintentionally spilling boiling sizzling pickling liquid into it. C’est la vie.