It’s Fairly Widespread
There have been a slew of recent reports indicating loop disease in iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models. While it doesn’t appear to impact everyone iPhone 7, it affects enough of them to be a concern. One repair shop owned told Motherboard that she’s seen an “epidemic” of loop disease over the past few months.
The uptick in audio-related problems on those devices may be tied to the fact that many specific iPhone 7 models in the wild are aging. The fact that it’s relatively common could, unfortunately, indicate that there may be an actual hardware or component flaw inherent to the iPhone 7 lineup. Alternatively, like with touch disease, it could just be a side effect of component aging.