Apple Startup-Sound R.I.P.

startupScheiß auf Kopfhörerklinke und Funktionstasten: Apple killt den Startup-Sound! Ich überlege ja ohnehin schon seit iPhone7 und dem neuen unterwältigenden Macbook auf einen langfristigen Switch ins Android/Windows-Lager, was für mich nach mehr als 20 Jahren als Apple-User jetzt keine leichte Entscheidung ist, aber der Startup-Sound ist jetzt schon essentiell wichtig und ich weiß nicht, ob ich eine Arbeitsumgebung ohne morgendlichen BÖMMMMMMMM haben will. I'm not ready for this.

Hidden in a tech note for the new MacBook Pros is a death notice of the infamous Mac startup chime. (Update: It is more then confirmed as I own the laptop. There is no chime.)

Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys immediately after you turn on your Mac. Hold these keys down for at least 20 seconds to ensure that your Mac completes the process correctly. (Source)

Long term Mac fans know that to reset the NVRAM you would wait to hear two startup chimes. Gone is that instruction.

The Macintosh startup chime is a single note or chord simply known as “the startup sound”. The sound used differs depending on the ROM, which greatly varies depending on model type. This short sound is played when an Apple Macintosh computer is turned on. The sound indicates that diagnostic tests run immediately at startup have found no hardware or fundamental software problems. (Via)

In the post 2007 (after iPhone) Apple, all new products (iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, Apple Watch) feature no startup sounds – so the writing was on the wall. For long term Mac enthusiasts this is an end of an era as Macs have been chiming since 1984 – and was predicted to last until 2815.


The chime represents beginnings, fresh starts, new plans: the start of a pop song, the first turn onto the highway, the title page of an unread book. I often re-start my work iMac during the day to hear the chime—it’s a reset, the virtual equivalent of taking a shower.

The chime is not always a joy-filling sound, of course. There are the irritating, echoing chimes as you repeatedly re-start a wonky Mac, hoping that the computer will somehow repair itself. There is also the inconvenient chime: the 2 a.m. gotta-finish-the-paper that awakens a groggy roommate or the ill-timed chime that turns all eyes in the meeting room upon you. And then there is what you might call the “Bartleby” chime: another workday, another mountain of e-mail to answer. The chime has an evil twin—the so-called “chimes of death,” which indicate a severely damaged Mac—and the two work together with a wonderful duality. But now the chime looks headed toward obsolescence, joining the dearly departed sawing of a 5.25-inch drive and the happily departed high-pitched whine of a dot-matrix printer.

[update] „With a simple trip to the Terminal you can turn the chime back on!“

Open Terminal on your Mac and type:

sudo nvram BootAudio=%01

To turn the chime off:

sudo nvram BootAudio=%00