Apple has announced a service program to repair failing receivers on iPhone 12 and 12 Execs (via 9to5Mac). The corporate says that non-Mini or Max telephones made between October 2020 and April 2021 might have a difficulty the place no sound comes out of the earpiece when making or receiving calls, and that it’ll repair the problem free of charge as a part of the brand new program. In line with Apple, the issue is attributable to a element within the receiver module failing.
Apple’s page says that solely a “very small share” of units could also be affected. Whereas it may be arduous 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 — looking for studies of failing receivers on Reddit or Twitter solely turned up a number 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 units for 2 years after buy, giving your earpiece an additional yr of protection. There may be one factor to notice if you happen to’ve bought this drawback and need to ship your cellphone in, although: Apple says that in case your display screen is cracked, it’ll must be mounted earlier than it’ll perform the receiver restore. Whereas the earpiece repair received’t value you something, the display screen harm restore may, so simply bear in mind.
Apple additionally says that telephones “will likely be examined previous to any service” to verify they’re eligible for this system. This probably implies that you received’t be getting a free repair if you happen to’re like me and broke your cellphone’s receiver by by accident spilling boiling scorching pickling liquid into it. C’est la vie.