Huge iPhone recall issued by Apple – check if you need to get yours fixed now

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APPLE has recalled what could be thousands of faulty iPhones that have left their users unable to make phone calls.

A small number of devices in the United States were shipped with dodgy components that kill off their speakers, according to the tech titan.

It means a sound does not emit from the receiver when people make calls on affected devices.

In a recent bulletin post on its website, Apple said a "very small percentage" of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro devices were affected.

Impacted gadgets, which retailed for upwards of $1,000, were manufactured between October 2020 and April 2021.

Apple announced a free repair programme for those affected in the United States earlier this year and has now expanded the programme to the UAE.

It's not clear whether the speaker issues are affecting UK users.

"If your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro does not emit sound from the receiver when you make or receive calls, it may be eligible for service," Apple said.

"Apple or an Apple authorized Service Provider will service eligible devices, free of charge."

You can find more information on how to organise a service on Apple's website, here.

It comes days after Apple announced that it would let customers fix their own iPhones for the first time starting in 2022.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Cupertino tech titan said that it will enable self-repairs by allowing access to Apple genuine parts and tools.

The new Self Service Repair scheme will begin in the US, with more countries to follow in 2022. Parts will first be available for the iPhone 12 and 13 ranges.

Apple said the new service would allow those who are comfortable with completing their own repairs the opportunity to do so.

The first stage of the programme will offer repair parts for the iPhone display, battery and camera.

As part of the scheme, Apple will launch a new online store from which customers will be able to order replacement parts and any tools required.

In other news, Apple has announced that it will let customers fix their own iPhones for the first time starting next year.

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