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macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jun 9, 2009
So I noticed the ear speaker for my iPhone X has been sounding strange lately. Sounds like it has been damaged a bit. I never dropped it, however... I do clean the phone daily with an anti-bacterial wipe. I am very careful around the ear speaker as to not let any excess liquid make it in there.

I don't have apple care. Any chance a stop to the apple store might be able to fix it for a small price or even free (if it happened to be manufacture defect?).

Has anyone else had this issue as well? Its not a deal breaker since I do more text/email than calls, but being OCD it will annoy me from time to time.



macrumors member
Nov 26, 2018
Never seen such an issue, but I believe that Apple would do a minor cost or even a free repair. The have always taken care of me even when I hadn't purchased Apple Care just to address an issue that was their fault. If the speaker failed like that, it is most likely a manufacturing defect for failing so soon.
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macrumors 65816
Jul 1, 2008
OP are you talking about it being in stereo speaker mode or when you're talking on the phone and listening to it next to your ear?


macrumors demi-goddess
Sep 22, 2015
Washington, DC
If you’re talking about a muffled sound and barely able to hear your callers, you’re probably going to have to visit the Apple Store and have a diagnostic run for your speaker. I had this same issue back in September and sure enough the earpiece speaker failed the diagnostic and I had my screen replaced. I had left my device sitting in my car for 2 hours while it was over 100 degrees outside and that damaged the speaker. I have AppleCare, but without it I would’ve paid $271 to have the screen replaced.
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