iPhone XS Fault Earpiece Speaker? iPhone XS

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  1. nyc232 macrumors newbie

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    Greetings,

    I got the phone last Friday, everything seemed fine. I was then listening to some music and the earpiece speaker wasn’t working. I reset the phone, and everything was great. A few days later the same issue - no sound from the earpiece speaker but only the bottom speaker.

    I reset the phone and it now works again. It looks like it’s just a temporary fix. Is anyone else having this issue? Thank you.
     
  2. Jordan921 macrumors 601

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    If it’s happening that often maybe bring it into Apple to get it looked at? I only noticed it once on my X and a restart fixed it. Haven’t had any issues with my Max as of yet.
     
  3. Ntombi macrumors 68040

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    Not on my XS, but I had recurring speaker issues on my X. They replaced it.
     
  4. wilk0076 macrumors member

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    I had this problem on my Xs Max the other day. Noticed the earpiece speaker was out. Rebooted and it's been fine. Interesting to hear that I'm not the only one.
     
  5. FreshJR macrumors newbie

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    Same issue. Happened twice to me in the two days I’ve had the phone.

    A reboot each time got it working.

    If it happens again today it’s going back.

    Maybe I will also get a better screen a 2nd time around. Side note, I prefer the size and screen quality of my iPhone7. The new phone is meh.
     
  6. Macnificant macrumors 6502a

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    I had the same issue and did a hard reset and it solved it....not happy but will see how it goes..
     
  7. redshovel macrumors 6502a

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    Just experienced this exact issue. Reboot brought earpiece speaker back to life. Hope this is a software issue - can’t be bothered having to swap phones.
     
  8. michael31986 macrumors 68040

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    I had the same thing and did a restart and it fixed it. I don't think it could be hardware, because then a reset wouldn't have just fixed it. I think its a bug. how do we report it? Also, I only noticed, because I was watching a video on instagram and put it to my ear so I could hear it better and it sounded like it wasn't on.
     
  9. redshovel macrumors 6502a

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    Just been chatting to a RL acquaintance who experienced the problem also. Again reboot worked and it’s been ok for days.

    Now this might be nothing we both went through what each of use were doing on the phone before it happened and the only stand out thing was at one stage we both used only one AirPod.

    I have since tired to recreate the bug but the speaker has worked fine.

    Probably nothing but another datapoint no less.
     
  10. wilk0076 macrumors member

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    Interesting. I, too, frequently use only one Airpod (for phone calls).
     
  11. SeanLe macrumors member

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    Hey all,

    I’ve just experienced this issue also a reboot did fix it, however I hope it’s software!

    Earpiece works fine on calls, and I have recently used AirPods (both) on call as well...
     
  12. AxelFoley macrumors newbie

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    I am experiencing the same issue. Bought my iPhone XS Max 256GB Gold on the Sunday after the launch day (Friday). I am running public beta iOS 12.1 so am not sure if it is related to that. The top (earpiece) speaker stops functioning during music or video playback during random situations. I have been unable to duplicate it manually. You are right that a reboot solves it or even a simple shut down and restart solves the issue but only temporarily.
    I use the following regularly-
    iOS 12.1 Public Beta
    CarPlay
    Facetime
    Bluetooth devices
    Skype for business
    and various other apps
    It's difficult trying to narrow things down what is ultimately causing this or is it that the speaker is defective. Not sure. The last occurrence was right after I disconnected from CarPlay. Shut the car off and disconnected my phone and the speaker was out.
    Is it limited to 256GB Xs MAX? Is it the Beta 12.1? Is there an app that causes this?
    I have reported the issue however I am thinking of returning this phone and getting another new phone while this one is still in the returnable window.

    Axel F
     
  13. Saeloe, Oct 2, 2018
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    Saeloe macrumors newbie

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    I have had the same problem twice now on iPhone XS Max 512GB Gold. Reboot fixes it, the earpiece speaker is mute and left/right channel slider on the Accessibility doesn’t help, I can turn the iPhone on the left or right side (so the stereo channels swap to always be left on the left side) and the earpiece stays mute, no matter the orientation of the device or the slider position.

    But, I tested calling during the earpiece being mute for Spotify and all other apps, and phone call works perfectly so it’s some kind of software bug that kills / crashes / hangs the earpiece digital channel from apps other than phone-app?

    Not hard resetted, I migrated from iPhone 7 Plus 256GB Gold and iCloud backup to this XS Max. I have iOS 12.0 16A366 and model A2101, MT582FS/A.
     
  14. Harthag macrumors 6502a

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    Happened to me for the 2nd time last night. Didn't need to do a hard reset, just powered off and back on, and it worked again. Earpiece speaker always works for phone calls even while that same speaker doesn't work for media. Doubt this is hardware related, but very annoying nonetheless. It's beaten to death, but for $1000+, there should be ZERO issues.
     
  15. AxelFoley macrumors newbie

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    You are absolutely right. It is beaten to death but not enough. For a $1000+ ($1249 to be exact in my case), this should be beaten to a GHOST until it is fixed. Right again, there should be ZERO issues for that kind of money.
     
  16. Saeloe macrumors newbie

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  17. AxelFoley macrumors newbie

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    Bug reported and hopefully it is a software bug and not a hardware issue. Apple still has not acknowledged this issue that I know of. Needs to be acknowledged by Apple and addressed immediately as none of us are happy about this after spending $1200+ for this phone.
     
  18. Baldilocks macrumors 6502

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    Don't think it's hardware. If it were hardware, it would also affect speakerphone calls, which it doesn't. I have the same problem with my XS Max.
     
  19. moldy lunchbox macrumors 6502a

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    I’m also having this problem. Has anyone exchanged a phone yet for a different one at the Apple Store yet? Is that a possible solution? I’m asking because I recently moved and the closest Apple Store is now 3 hours away.
     
  20. Baldilocks macrumors 6502

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    Don't really think it's a hardware problem. If it were, the speaker wouldn't work on speakerphone calls.
     
  21. michael31986 macrumors 68040

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    Does reporting the bug multiple times help or if it's same user it means nothing.
     
  22. Applefan4 macrumors 6502

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    Have the same problem. Restart fixes it but the bug always comes back after a while. Hopefully it's fixed via a software update because it's really annoying.
     
  23. michael31986 macrumors 68040

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    Did you report it too?
     
  24. CDNM3 macrumors newbie

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    I am experiencing the same issue, submitted feedback as well. Hopeful that it will be solved in iOS 12.1 released later today.
     
  25. Mackinjosh Suspended

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    Problem occurs on my brand new iPhone XR. Hoping it's a software issue.
     

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