Apple will repair your faulty iPhone 12 earpiece for free

If you’re having trouble making calls on your iPhone 12, don’t despair – there may be a free fix for it. 9to5Mac reports that Apple has introduced a repair program for a “very small” number of iPhone 12 and 12 Pro devices with defective earbuds that do not play any sound while on the phone. If your phone has this problem and was manufactured between October 2020 and April 2021, Apple and Authorized Repairers will fix the problem for free for up to two years after the “first retail sale”.

Apple blamed a fault-prone component in the receiver for the problem. This program doesn’t cover the iPhone 12 mini or 12 Pro Max, which suggests that they use different receiver hardware.

This is the first ever repair program for the iPhone 12. Given Apple’s generally solid track record with newer iPhones (a minority of iPhone 11 devices had unresponsive screens), we wouldn’t expect more. However, if nothing else, this serves as a reminder to check for such programs before assuming they will be costly to repair.

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