18 December 2018

Japan iPhone camera shutter sound fix

Do you know that Japan and Korea iPhones are unable to silent camera shutter sound?

In old iOS, It even makes a shutter noise when you take a screenshot with Silent turn ON...
It's very annoying.

It's been two years until now that I fixed a lot of this problem. Here I reveal the secret of how I did it.

There are few used/recond iPhone supplier in Malaysia still sending this kind of iPhones to me for modification.

Why I can't silent the iPhone camera shutter sound?

Actually, it doesn't consider a problem. Apple just wants to prevent iPhone being used to sneak peeking especially in Japan. Maybe it's Japan policy for them selling the iPhone there.

If you lazy to read article then you can watch our video in YouTube

What's the difference between Japan's iPhone and foreign iPhone?

We are a professional motherboard iPhone technician. We knew there is no difference on the motherboard. All components are the same in a model.

So I know it is the software causing that camera shutter noise.

But the software (iOS firmware) that we downloaded are the same file, so there is no difference in the firmware too.

So the last thing I suspected is the "Model Code" also known as Area Code that in "Setting - General - About".

This is the ONE to tell iOS acting differently in Camera Mode.

As you can see, Model code MG4C2J/A.
J/A means this is Japan's iPhone.
KH is Korea.
Both Japan and Korea are still having camera shutter sound when the iPhone is in Silent Mode or the speaker volume is turned to lowest.

And the shutter noise is louder than the usual iPhone. 🤣

So what is the best solution to silent camera shutter sound like a normal iPhone?

Yes, the best solution is to change the country code. But to do this is required to have soldering skills and NAND programming tools.

Procedure to fix Japan's iPhone camera shutter sound

Step 1 - Take out the Memory chip which we called NAND.

The red box one is the NAND. Every iPhone must have one. We can upgrade it too, by replacing a bigger capacity NAND.
So the first step is to unsolder this NAND out. 

"So far until now - 2018, Apple didn't make their own NAND. They use the NAND from Toshiba, Hynix, Sandisk, and Samsung. This is why we have the tools to reprogram it."

Step 2 - After unsoldered the NAND out and we put it into a NAND programming tool. 

This is one of the NAND programming tool by the company name WL.

Open the program and read the original NAND data. There will be a lot of code. Serial Number, WiFi Address and more.
There is one called region code.
Step 3 - Change the region code
See J/A?  Just change this to the country we want.
You can check this link to know more country code for iPhone.
I reprogrammed it to MY/A (Malaysia). 


Step 4 - Solder the NAND back to the motherboard. The last step is to restore the software again and then we are done.

Japan iPhone Camera shutter sound fixed video

It's done!


How much to fix Japan/Korea iPhone camera shutter sound?

RM 150 for iPhone SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus.

RM 300 for iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

We can do it for free if you Upgrade the Storage in our shop. If not then we charge the price as above.

Will there be a problem after this?

No. There won't be any problem. It won't affect you to update the iOS or restore the device. 

We are still doing this since 2016. From iOS 9 until iOS 13.
None of them return with a problem.
(iOS 13.2.2 still good)

Zero side-effect.

What if my iPhone is brick when you are doing this?

Yes, this is a good question. We can guarantee the process. Anything bad happened in the process, we will repair it back no matter what and without you need to pay more. 

How long to fix it?

It can be done in 2-4 hours between if an appointment made before coming to our shop.

Is there a warranty?

Yes, after the fixed we provide ONE month warranty for the motherboard. But the warranty is not cover parts such as Battery, LCD, buttons or camera.