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Is Your New iPhone Hissing at You?

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The iPhone 7 only hit public hands a few days ago, but people are already reporting a potential problem with Apple’s newest device. Or should I say, a potential problem with Apple’sssss newessssst devicccce: Hissing. The phones reportedly make a rather unpleasant noise when they’re under load (when the processors are working at high capacity).

Stephen Hackett from 512 Pixels recorded a video of the strange sound. “As my iPhone 7 Plus was restoring from iCloud, I thought I noticed some sound. After picking the device up from my desk, it was clear the sounds are coming from back of the phone, possibly from the CPU,” Hackett explained on YouTube. “It seems to get worse if the iPhone is under load, and can be heard while the phone is sitting on a table.” TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington reported a similar issue with his iPhone 7.

Engadget reports the issue doesn’t appear to be happening on every new iPhone, and successfully tested one of the devices using a “performance benchmark that puts the processor under serious strain” without any hissing. As for the phones that are hissing, Hackett followed up his video on Twitter saying that Apple is replacing his device. (Apple did not immediately respond to Select All’s request for comment.)

In the meantime, maybe try sending a few less of those new emoji to keep your phone from having to work too hard.

Is Your iPhone 7 Hissing at You?