'Hissing' iPhone 7s Reported, but That May Be a Normal Noise

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2016-09-21 Print this article Print
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Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group, said he sees the hissing iPhone reports as a minor issue, especially compared with Samsung's recent global Note7 smartphone recall because of battery fire and explosion problems.

"As issues go, this one, particularly when compared to the Samsung train wreck, it is pretty minor," said Enderle. "Still [when it comes to] premium phone[s], little things like this do detract from the experience, but I doubt the impact will either be material or lasting."

Tuong H. Nguyen, an analyst with Gartner, agreed, calling it "more of an aesthetic issue," rather than a technical issue. "That having been said, I noticed that this issue has already been given a [Hissgate] name. Like previous 'Gates,' Apple will likely be able to handle this without any issue—especially since, at least for the moment, it seems like a superficial problem."

Another analyst, Avi Greengart of Current Analysis, said: "Based on what I'm seeing online, this seems like people trying to find something to be concerned about, [and] not a genuine product or safety issue." 

Apple's new iPhone 7 models have been in such demand during preorders that the company quickly sold out of its initial opening-day supplies of the jet black iPhone 7 and all colors of its larger iPhone 7 Plus handsets.

Apple is still taking orders for the new phones in all colors, but not all models and colors are immediately available in stores.

The latest iPhone 7 models, which start at $649, are splash-, water- and dust-resistant and include new 12-megapixel cameras (dual lens cameras in the iPhone 7 Plus model) and the new A10 Fusion processor. The handsets come in 32GB, 128GB or 256GB versions. 

The new iPhones no longer include a headphone jack, however, and come with a set of ear buds that connect to the phones using the existing Lightning port. Apple's new optional wireless AirPods sell for an additional $159 to allow users to go wireless, though other options also exist.

The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch Retina touch-screen display, while the iPhone 7 Plus uses a 5.5-inch Retina touch-screen display. Both handsets offer 4K video recording capabilities as well as autofocus and optical image stabilization features.


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