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iPhone 4 - sound only comes out of one speaker

I finally got my iPhone 4S! But when playing a song, I noticed the sound isn't stereo. The right box is doing all the hard box, while the left one is producing a very minimal sound. Is this standard on the iPhone 4S or is it a hardware/software issue?

  • The sound is stereo out the headphone jack so use that jack to drive headphones or a set of stereo speakers. – Richard Dec 16 '11 at 12:39

This is expected - the iPhone 4S does not have stereo speakers. The left "box" is actually a microphone:

image from apple.com/iphone/specs.html

  • @Michiel it's not entirely stupid - I imagine a lot of new users are confused by it – Kyle Cronin Dec 16 '11 at 7:53
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    Yeah; use headphones for stereo sound. – bneely Dec 16 '11 at 7:53
  • I'm used to work with an iPhone 3G with broken speakers, so... But thanks! – Michiel Dec 16 '11 at 8:12
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    I like this implementation. If I need to shut up my iPhone, I just hold my thumb on that right hole. It's a really effective way to mute the phone. – gentmatt Dec 16 '11 at 8:13

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