People don't like Apple's latest notification noise — because it's too quiet

Reminders iOS 17 on an iPhone 13 mini
(Image credit: Future / Apple)

iOS 17 is here, and with it have come a whole bevy of updates that make using your iPhone better. However, there is one new change that has invoked the ire of some users — and it’s all to do with the new default notification sound.

The change initially seems divisive, with some taking to X to comment on how much they like the new noise, but others are taking a more negative view — and it’s the actual volume of the sound that seems to be the main complaint.

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This isn’t a problem that will plague any of the other notification sounds on your iPhone — ringtone, text tone, and other standard alerts can all have their sounds changed. It’s the app alerts that users aren’t happy about, and it’s easy to see why.

The new default sound replaces the traditional Tri-Tone alert noise with the new Rebound sound, which is noticeably quieter. One user on X says that the sound is ‘TINY’, while others note how hard it is going to be to get used to the sound.

To make matters worse, there is no way to change the app notification sound, so the users who aren’t happy with the change have no way to change it back. This leaves them stuck with a notification tone that doesn’t do what it’s supposed to — notify the user of something.

While there are a great deal of users who don’t seem bothered by the new tone, it is going to have to be something that Apple addresses in the next iOS 17 update. While liking the tone is a subjective thing, if it doesn’t do the job that it's supposed to then it’s not a great notification sound.

iOS 17 is out now, and while the new notification sound isn’t spectacular, there are 5 other things that make it worth the update.

Tammy Rogers
Senior Staff Writer

As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.

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  • EdwinG
    I have not heard it yet.
  • FFR
    It’s pretty loud on my iPhone 14 pro max, but I have the ringer volume all the way up.
  • RDJ
    Very quiet on my 13 pro max…don’t mind the change of tones. I feel the old ones were lame sounding compared to android selection. Prior to the 17 update my sound was low the too. And yes volume is turned up to max. Hopefully a software issue.
  • Wotchered
    Was ridiculously quiet, I turned it up to max, still stupid quiet, back to loud and nasty normal ringtone !