The iPhone’s Shutter Sound Comes From a Canon Camera
Some of Apple’s most iconic sounds come from one man.
Jim Reeks, a former sound engineer at Apple, is responsible for some of the brand’s most iconic sounds, from the boot-up chime on your Mac to the iPhone‘s shutter sound. In addition to the “Sosumi” sound, Reeks recently revealed the shutter sound actually originated from a Canon AE-1 film SLR camera he bought in high school and had during the ’70s and ’80s.
“Any time you take a photo with the iPhone it’s my camera, which kind of freaks me out because, even to this day when I hear people take photos with their iPhone I look to see who stole my camera,” Reekes tells CNBC. Unfortunately for Reekes, he doesn’t receive any royalties for his contributions since he left Apple at a bad time for the company during the ’90s. He declined several options from the tech giant, which would be worth close to $8 million USD today.