The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models bring a long-standing Mac feature, but the setting to enable it is off by default.

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The feature, which is actually a new accessibility option, allows the iPhone to play a startup chime like the Mac. When activated, the sound is accompanied by a new shutdown chime.

The Mac has featured a startup chime since the 1987 Macintosh II, and the iconic “bong” sound that users have recognized has existed on Macs since 1991. The sound plays at power up, before trying to start the operating system. When heard, it indicates that the diagnostic tests run immediately on startup did not find any underlying hardware or software issues.

The ‌iPhone 14‌ feature can be found in the Settings app under AccessibilityPower on and off sounds and is designed to make it easier for users to know when an iPhone has been turned on or off. It’s only available on the ‌iPhone 14‌ because it’s hard-coded on the device itself, which means it can’t be added to older devices via update, or changed on older devices. ‌iPhone 14‌ models by Apple itself.

Apple added startup and shutdown chimes as a new accessibility feature after many blind and visually impaired users reportedly asked the company for a clear way to tell if their ‌‌iPhone‌‌ had restarted, and now anyone can activate them. Just like the haptic keyboard option introduced in iOS 16, many iPhone 14‌ users are likely to enable the feature.

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