My rMBP is Ringing when a call comes into my iPhone

rocknblogger

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So as the title says, when a call comes in to my iPhone my rMBP starts ringing before the iPhone. It's a pleasant sound but this only started about a week ago. The first time it happened I was going nuts trying to figure out where the sound was coming from. After the third call I realized it was incoming calls that were doing this.

I called my iPhone from the house phone and sure enough my rMBP started ringing before the iPhone.

What is this? Has anyone experienced this?
 
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rocknblogger

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Does it sound like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1mlponX_jw

That's just normal cell phone / speaker interference, it seems to be more prevalent with GSM/Edge connections.
No it doesn't sound like that and it's not interference. It's a melodic ring. Something like when you get a FaceTime call but different. I tried opening FaceTime and messages but neither showed anything regarding incoming calls. As a matter of fact a few minutes ago my wife called me and I heard the rMBP because it was fairly loud (I was in another part of the house). When I reached my office the iPhone just started ringing. This is quite bizarre and I have no idea what to do or why it started.
 

fratey

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* Do you have any VOIP or similar software? Skype? Viber? Etc...
* Does it get turned off if you mute your speakers?
 

rocknblogger

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Is it that beeping that repeats itself for about 10sec before your phone rang?
Yes thats the sound.
* Do you have any VOIP or similar software? Skype? Viber? Etc...
* Does it get turned off if you mute your speakers?
I have Skype installed but not running.

No that it makes a difference but full specs are:
Early 2013 rMBP
16GB RAM
512 SSD

Currently running in clam shell mode but it happened when operating normally. As a matter of fact I only started using clam shell mode 2 days ago.
 

adnbek

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That's friggin weird. Do you have some sort of carrier software installed on your mac? I know here in Canada we have carrier apps we can install for checking voicemails and other stuff tied to your number through a PC.

Maybe there's something similar for US carriers that you installed that allows for notification of incoming calls?
 

rocknblogger

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That's friggin weird. Do you have some sort of carrier software installed on your mac? I know here in Canada we have carrier apps we can install for checking voicemails and other stuff tied to your number through a PC.

Maybe there's something similar for US carriers that you installed that allows for notification of incoming calls?
Nope nothing like that. And to the next poster, no one died here as far as I know :eek:

This is bizarre. I have no idea how to stop it. Actually it's not too bad because it gives me a heads up that a call will be coming in but I want to know what the hell it is. And FYI I can replicate it every single time. Both from a land line and a mobile phone.
 

adnbek

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Nope nothing like that. And to the next poster, no one died here as far as I know :eek:

This is bizarre. I have no idea how to stop it. Actually it's not too bad because it gives me a heads up that a call will be coming in but I want to know what the hell it is. And FYI I can replicate it every single time. Both from a land line and a mobile phone.
Open activity monitor, change "my processes" to "all processes" and post screenshots of all running processes here. Maybe that can help us single out the source.
 

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Nope nothing like that. And to the next poster, no one died here as far as I know :eek:

This is bizarre. I have no idea how to stop it. Actually it's not too bad because it gives me a heads up that a call will be coming in but I want to know what the hell it is. And FYI I can replicate it every single time. Both from a land line and a mobile phone.
Might be a longshot, but bring up activity monitor, line up the tasks with highest CPU usage then make a phonecall to yourself.

You might see a process startup that you might be unfamiliar with that spikes the CPU for a few seconds.
 

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Okay, I finally figured it out. It was Google Chrome and the new Hangouts feature. Evidently you can take a voice call from a landline or a cell phone as long as you are logged into Google+.

It's actually a very cool feature though I wish they explained it a bit better when they activated the new hangouts feature.

I always had Google+ and had it open quite a bit but this is the first time ever that my computer rang (Before my iPhone).

So, the mystery is solved. I suppose some folks will hate this and some will find it useful. But whatever the case give it a try, it is pretty cool.
 

johnnnw

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I found that video actually pretty funny. A creepy ring 10 seconds before a call, who wouldn't love that?!
 

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Okay, I finally figured it out. It was Google Chrome and the new Hangouts feature. Evidently you can take a voice call from a landline or a cell phone as long as you are logged into Google+.

It's actually a very cool feature though I wish they explained it a bit better when they activated the new hangouts feature.

I always had Google+ and had it open quite a bit but this is the first time ever that my computer rang (Before my iPhone).

So, the mystery is solved. I suppose some folks will hate this and some will find it useful. But whatever the case give it a try, it is pretty cool.
Glad you finally figured it out !