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Inaccurate sounds from technology in TV and Film

I don’t understand why sounds (that familiar technology make) are misrepresented so often in film and television.

It usually seems to be an Apple device that I notice, but I’m sure it happens with other brand’s devices as well.

In yesterday’s episode of The Office, this happened more than once:

One of the main characters, Andy, calls and leaves a voicemail for his mother using an iPhone 4 or 4S (couldn’t tell from looking at it). When he “hangs up his iPhone”, the phone makes a beep sound as he presses the “End” call button. This is doubly wrong – the iPhone doesn’t make any sound when hanging up a call, nor does it ever make this particular sound (or one like it) at any time.

A few minutes later, when stopped at a red light, Pam takes out her cell phone (not an iPhone, rather a Sony Ericsson or some other slider phone) to show her colleague some of her artwork. The sound that’s played to indicate her navigation through the phone is the iPhone “Keyboard Clicks” sound.

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while but never had any specific examples written down. After last night’s episode of The Office I finally had some examples to share.

This inaccurate sound representation really bothers me, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

A lot of people use these devices day in and day out, and have so for years. It almost feels as though they think we’re stupid – that we won’t notice. I find that mildly offensive.

 
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