FaceTime Audio Issues Persist for Pre-Bluetooth LE Macs

FaceTime Audio Issues Persist for Pre-Bluetooth LE Macs

Users complaining of audio issues with FaceTime when using it on a pre-Bluetooth LE Mac on Yosemite, report the issue persists under OS X 10.10.3 and the OS X 10.10.4 beta. The issue is said to affect a number of Macs, up to an including late-2011 Macs.

FaceTime Audio Issues Persist for Pre-Bluetooth LE Macs

Apple Support Communities, via 9to5Mac:

I am experiencing an issue with FaceTime video calls or voice calls (using FaceTime audio or the iPhone handoff feature) where all I can hear is a strange clicking sound, like static. The other person can hear me fine and I can see them fine if on FaceTime video, but I can’t hear them.

The Apple Support Communities thread, containing 257 posts complaining of the issue, contains various suggested fixes, such as a restart and resetting the Mac’s PRAM, but while that seems to work for a short time, the issue returns.

While the cause for the issue is unknown, some in the thread speculate that Apple broke something in 10.10 when it attempted to make sure iPhone continuity features work only with Macs equipped with Bluetooth LE. Some users report Apple has replaced the logic boards in their Mac at no charge.

Have you experienced this on your pre-2012 Mac? If so, please share your experience in the comments section below.

  1. Biff Bifferson says:

    This reminds me of Windows. More time spent trying to get the thing to work than actually getting work done. I have no trouble, since I still use Snow Leopard on my 2008 Mac Pro 8 core. My fear is about the day when I will be forced to downgrade to Yosemite. I’m hoping that Apple will dump Tim Cook before then and hire an actual Mac user, someone who doesn’t think of Macs as desktop iPhones.

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