The iPhone is a mass device; it is bought not only by tech-savvy users, but also by those for whom the hardware part is reduced to a display and control buttons. At the same time, the latter often have a question – why does one speaker not work in the new iPhone?
Actually, similar questions have been asked many times since the days of the iPhone 2G and iPhone 3GS, which had the same technological holes on both sides of the 30-pin connector, but the sound came from one and not from the other.
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Speaker not working in iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS
Users simply had no idea that there is only one speaker (on the left side), and the second “grill” serves to pass the signal to the microphone.
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Speaker not working in iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE
Starting with the iPhone 4, the situation has changed somewhat – the speaker and microphone have changed places, and in the iPhone 5, Apple designers changed the size and number of holes for the first time.
Speaker and microphone locations for iPhone 4, iPhone 4s:
Speaker and microphone locations for iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE:
Speaker and microphone locations for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus:
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Speaker not working in iPhone 7, 8, X, XR, XS, SE 2, 11, 11 Pro, 12, 12 mini and 12 Pro
With the release of the iPhone 7 (the same thing in the iPhone 8, X, XR, XS, SE 2, 11, 11 Pro, 12, 12 mini and 12 Pro) with the declared stereo sound of the questions, it only added. From the point of view of an inexperienced user, everything is obvious – the 3.5 mm audio output was abolished and a second speaker appeared in its place, however it also doesn’t work (!!!)… And again the answer is simple – there is no second “speaker” on the left side of the Lightning connector, there is a microphone, and the identity of the “grilles” is due to the symmetry of the design.
Speaker and microphone locations for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max:
In fact, the speaker providing the stereo is at the top of the cabinet, next to the earpiece. One is used exclusively when talking, the second is turned on when switching to speakerphone, listening to music, watching movies, etc.
So, let’s summarize. All iPhone models have a only one speaker, the second grille is the microphone…