Does anyone else want sound updates?

iOS and iPadOS

I was out yesterday and as another iPhone rang, with the familiar old phone ring of the sixties or so, I thought about asking this question. does anyone else besides me, really want apple to put a little life back into their sound schemes? I dislike spending a dollar twenty nine American, for the artist I am supporting to probably see five cents of that. So we are then having the default sounds that have been around since iOS4. I'm not expecting a parting of the red sea by any means. It would just be nice to have maybe a different ring or two instead of either the old phone, the car horn which i find abnoxious, or the horn text message sound, yet another one I am not a fan of. I am staying away from voices as that topic brings nothing but dissatisfaction by all involved.



Submitted by Craig on Sunday, May 23, 2021

I agree that it would be nice to have some new ring tones on the iPhone as I am also getting bored with the same ringtones. I have some that I bought a few years ago that I use sometimes, but I feel that it is time that Apple updated their ringtones.

If you turn off voice over, not speech, play a sound. The volume is much louder then if it were using voice over. I'm not talking about the buttons adjusting the volume, and I'm not saying voice over is a problem, but it sort of is. I can't explain it unless you do the experiment. Now if I use songs i have bought, the sound is much louder and slightly embarrassing to hear a woman singing/screaming her intro, however, my phone buried in my purse, just isn't heard that loudly. i don't have a case for my 12 yet.

Submitted by Jo Billard on Sunday, May 23, 2021

I for one would love to see more ringtones. I am so bored with the same ringtones, those I like anyway. A lot of the alert tones are completely impractical because they're too short and quiet to catch them if you're in a noisy environment or away from the phone. I'm having trouble finding good ringtones, and anyway I'm tired of spending money on them.

Submitted by Blee Blat on Sunday, May 23, 2021

If you are reasonably competent with an audio editor, or you know someone who is, you can make your own ring tones. All you need is a 30-40 second aac file whose extension has been changed from .m4a to .m4r and iphone will play it with no problem. I have a few custom text tones and ring tones here that I use. I might see about new ones at some point, but the phone also comes with a sane selection. I wish they would fix the volume of sounds relative to voiceover volume, because that's annoying. VoiceOver shouldn't screw up the volume of everything else on your device even when audio ducking is disabled.

Submitted by Kevin Shaw on Monday, May 24, 2021

Not sure if anyone has set an alarm on their iPhone using the Health app. The alarm tones there are gentle and do a good job of gently rousing you from sleep. If you've ever had the unfortunate experience of setting an alarm with Siri and then having the default alarm blare at you at 5 in the morning, you know my pain. Why not make the Health alarm tones the same alarm tones available in the Clock app?

If there are composers out there, why not develop a set of unique ring tones for iPhone without charging for them? Think of it as a public service.

Submitted by Christopher on Monday, May 24, 2021

I seem to remember back in a previous build of iOS, they *did!* add new ringtones, and actually, in iOS 14, they added a few more new ones. What do you all think the "classic" section is for? Smirk?

Submitted by Joe on Monday, May 24, 2021

Club AppleVis Member

It doesn't bother me. As someone else said with an editor you can accomplish this if you wish. I see sounds as a marketing tool for the most part anyway. I can pick out Smasung or Apple sounds pretty well when out in public and thats what I think they are going for here.

Submitted by That Blind Canuck on Monday, May 24, 2021

Although I don't mind the default ringtones and alerts, I do agree that it wouldn't hurt to fresh them up a bit and add some new ones.

I would also suggest that perhaps the default wallpapers would do nice to have a refresh and add some new ones there too.

Submitted by Siobhan on Monday, May 24, 2021

@christopher, ok we have the dorky ones likes seaside and twinkle and uplift, then the classic section is old phone, motorcycle, car horn, etc. Yes, I do know i was transposing text and ringtones. so where they at dude? :) I mean the new ones. Let's have it. ;)

Submitted by gailisaiah on Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Hi Siobhan: I totally agree. I never liked most of those tones that have been on the iPhone since who knows when. In the iTunes Store, I've purchased some and like that they automatically install and you don't have to do anything accept choose them.

Submitted by Siobhan on Tuesday, May 25, 2021

I understand but this is a band I fully support, i just distrust how much their hard work is being paid from a thirty second clip. Apple's a greedy bitch, let's just be honest.

Submitted by Alan on Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Totally agree. I can't remember last time Apple added ringtones and alarms.
The same with voiceover sounds. Every time Apple changes icons, colors and images, some years including a deep redesign, but ringtones, alarms and voiceover sounds are basically the same till 2015.
Damn, it's time to give it a refresh. Some sounds are really vintage.

Submitted by Siobhan on Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Hi. First off, my hat is off to you for not using the uneducated combination of VO. every time I hear that it makes me think of Vodka. Anyway back to the real reason. It does make sense you want the Mac and the IOS devices to sound similar so the voice over sounds don't really bother me. especially since now I can turn off that stupid one that beeped after you locked the phone. If it says screen locked, do you really need, "Beep?" No. No you do not. I don't hold my breath for any updates but here's something.

Hi I think most of the ringtones available to buy are quite insultingly bad. I’d love it if apple updated their tones but I understand they want everyone to know the iPhone tones and advertise iPhone for them. As for the store I’ve tried on a number of occasions to find things I like but they are often badly mixed, levels either distorted, too low or in low bit rates and so many of them sound like the artist just couldn’t be bothered to do anything properly as the general accepted standard of work is so low it wuldn’t matter anyway. Not apples fault as they don’t have control over what goes in the tone store but it would be nice if there was a way to get higher quality content as the prices aren’t exactly low. Money for old rope springs to mind.