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Apple will fix iPhone 8's earpiece noise issue with a software update

A few iPhone 8 owners are still running into an issue using the telephone earpiece: whenever they make a phone, the earpiece creates a tumultuous "crackling" or "static" noise that disturbs the audio. Dozens of individuals about the MacRumors forums, Apple's support discussion, and Reddit have reported suffering from the situation. It was also present on a single telephone possessed by a our picture editor.

Apple said in a statement that the matter only comes up at a "small number" of cases and that the business is working on a software upgrade to repair the problem. We are aware of the issue which is affecting customers in a small number of cases, an Apple spokesperson said. Our team is at work on a fix, which will be included in an upcoming software release.


It's not clear what's causing certain iPhones to be affected. The problem seems to affect both the 8 and 8 Plus, and owners suggest that it's occurring across different carriers and in different parts of the world, too.

The crackling only occurs during some telephone and Facetime calls, even however -- it does not occur during each and every phone, and it doesn't appear if using the earpiece as a loudspeaker. That suggests it may be a software problem, like Apple is saying, because the hardware itself isn't consistently displaying the problem.

The noise sounds like sharp pops up at the very edge of their earpiece. While it wasn't totally disruptive throughout the telephone I discovered it on, it'd sound a little odd and annoying. Apple did not provide a timeline on when the bug fix would be shipped, but it typically issues multiple updates in the weeks and months after putting out a brand new phone and functioning system.

Here is the next software fix Apple has claimed for a few of the new devices it sent this month. A software problem using the Apple Watch Series 3 induced the Watch to link to unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks instead of committing to LTE, resulting in some real difficulties, in our testing, with the device's flagship attribute. The iPhone 8 problem appears to be not as a problem, but it is still a hassle for some of the device's oldest buyers.