Can you hear your iPhones drive spin?

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  1. 226896 Guest

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    I discovered this yesterday, as just wondered if it was apparant in all iPhone 3Gs.

    If it's real quiet (at night, for example), if I plug my earphones in, and do something such as load an app, swipe between home screens, scroll, or anything like that, I can hear what sounds like a hard drive spinning. It stops when I stop scrolling, or the app has loaded or whatever. It's real quiet, and can only be heard through the earphones which is weird as I'm guessing a hard drive spinning wouldn't be a digital noise...

    Anyone else noticed this?
     
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  3. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    No and neither can you.

    AFAIK, they use flash memory drives which have no physical moving parts.
     
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    That could be feasible...








    If there was a hard drive in there. :D
     
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    That's funny! Not trying to be mean to the OP by saying that, but there's no moving parts in the iPhone. It uses flash memory as it's "hard drive".

    You could be hearing radio frequency interference with the various internals...

    I needed that chuckle, thanks! :)
     
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  9. motoracer1486 macrumors 6502a

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    That's probably feedback from the government office that's listening to your phone calls.
     
  10. Spongey817 macrumors regular

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    You can only hear it with headphones on?

    Maybe its the harddrive in your headphones................
    :D
     
  11. Bodah macrumors regular

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    Or maybe what is in between the headphones........
     
  12. macsensei macrumors member

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    flash drive. ipod classics have hard drives, not iphones
     
  13. Cander macrumors 6502

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    You need to oil the nano hamsters wheel every once in a while.
     
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    I had almost the same reaction, but it was a tuna sandwich instead.

    Anyway... the reason you hear this is because of the touchscreen itself. When you interact with the capacitive touchscreen, the charge on it changes and this could result in slight interference being heard from the headphones.
     
  15. mcdj macrumors G3

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    I see little puffs of smoke bellow out of the headphone jack whenever I tap the home button. I also hear rubberbands.
     
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Sssh, it's supposed to be a secret!
     
  17. DigMe macrumors 6502

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    Hmmm...have you tried replacing the video card?
     
  18. themanfromvlad macrumors 6502

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    There should be no noise coming from the iPhone other than the tape spools when you rewind or fast forward.
     
  19. Oilbrnr macrumors 6502

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    Strange thing is I can only hear the drive after smoking some real kind bud.

    :p
     
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  21. bgcat57 macrumors newbie

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    There is an actual issue here.

    When you have your headphones on, frequently there is a current going through the headphones that produces a hiss, even when your not connected to a phone call or playing the iPod. I've yet to determine what the conditions are that cause a signal to be sent to the headphones. For example, prior to a 'custom ring' being played when you have an incoming call, the current will precede the sound as a quiet hiss. Even if you choose a built in ring tone, the sound (white noise/hiss) will precede the ring. If you leave your headphones on when your not using the phone, that hiss may start and stop at certain times.

    What actually concerns me about this is that it is drawing power from the battery when I'm not using any audio function. I don't know if the speaker uses this as well if the headphones are not plugged in, since the gain is too low on the built-in speaker to hear it (without being in an anechoic chamber).

    My iPhone 8Gb original (not the 3G) is using v2.1
     
  22. Brandon Heat macrumors regular

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    hahahjajahaj
     
  23. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Nope, I think that sound is actually coming from the second speaker at the bottom..
     
  24. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    and did your hard drive whirrr, moannn, or purrr when you did so?
     
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