You now have to pay to have faulty iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus speakers repaired by Apple.
The company’s unofficial repair program, which offered free fixes for those who were unable to activate the speaker function during calls, has now ended, according to multiple sources.
Apple didn’t launch an official repair program for this problem, which only seems to affect iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units. However, Apple did advise its Genius Bars and Authorized Service Providers several months ago that they could escalate cases for a free repair.
That’s no longer the case.
Apple won’t repair your iPhone 7 for free out of warranty
If your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus is now out of warranty, you’ll have to pay to have its faulty speaker repaired by Apple, according to MacRumors.
“Reliable sources at multiple Apple Authorized Service Providers informed MacRumors that Apple has now deleted its internal document related to these issues, and they are no longer able to put through free repairs via Apple’s system,” reads its report.
Sources say that the microphone issue is still prevalent, which means some users will still be suffering this problem. It’s unclear, then, why Apple has suddenly changed its stance on free repairs.
A standard fee will apply to devices in need of new speakers if they are no longer covered by AppleCare. If yours is still covered and you have speaker problems, be sure to see Apple or an authorized repairer before your coverage expires.