I originated this thread and it has been viewed 12,859 times and there have been 75 replies.
Still no cure, but the numbers show widespread interest in the strange happening that puzzles us.
I have gone a couple months without the "Phantom Swoosh"... until a few minutes ago...
The odd thing is that there were two e-mails arriving, both replies to this thread, and I got the incoming sound followed by the familiar "outgoing" sound. Yet nothing was going out and nothing showing up in Sent.
Strange... weird... spooky...
I just finished scanning this entire string! Let me add the complication of occurence: iSight and Facetime! The a couple of weeks back I clicked "allow access to camera" for an online chat and immediately I started hear "ding, swoosh, ding swoosh, ding swoosh" incessantly. The site I was on was not known to me, so I immediately feared my computer had been hijacked by some spambot and I was emailing the world! I shut off the video. There was no evidence of outgoing mail, no timestamped spam in my folder etc. Spooky. But now today! I Facetimed my daughter and "ding swoosh, ding swoosh!" There it was again. Because I know Facetime, I let it play out. It sounded like six or seven emails were "sent" and then it stopped.
I am relieved to read it doesn't sound like our Macs (new MacBook Pro) are being hijacked. But I'd love to learn how to exorcise the ghosts in the machine.
There are a few other threads in the Apple support forum about similar problems, even with the Mac Book Air.
In the hopes of adding more info that will help developers fix this problem, I'm using a 4-month-old retina MBP, and I am running 10.8.3 (so I can attest the .3 update doesn't make this go away).
For me, the scenario often happens when I open the laptop lid after it has been closed overnight. The sounds appear to be associated with notifications of received and outgoing mail from Mac Mail. Obviously, I haven't sent 50+ emails overnight while my computer was sleeping -- much less one -- so I'm not sure where the apparent backlog of notification sounds -- if that's the case -- comes from.
It tends to be associated with longer periods of inactivity -- say more than six hours (overnight) -- rather than just a couple hours during the day.
Like others, my only solution when the sounds just keep going has been to quit Mac Mail and relaunch it. A few times, the sounds have abated on their own; I perhaps don't have enough patience to wait them out now that I know a simple quit-restart will solve the problem.
I can affirm that I am never running Facetime or camera-related apps during these episodes. In an occurrence just a few moments ago, I had the following apps running: Mail, Entourage (2008), Firefox, Calendar, Evernote, TextEdit, QuickTime, Microsoft Excel (08) and Keychain Access.
I hope this helps. Since variations of this problem have been discussed in the Apple support community for at least a year and a half, it's a shame it hasn't been resolved yet.
I've read the thread too and unfortunately don't get the same reassurance that it is not a virus or hijacking. (if the virus deletes sent messages out of the Sent directory, how would we know?)
I'm getting the sent mail swoosh sounds when I answer a FaceTime call. As many as 7-10 swooshes. its very disturbing.
- Retina MBP
- OS X 10.8.3
- Get messages when I answer an incoming FaceTime message. (FaceTime was not open prior to getting the call.)
- Messages is NOT running
- Mail is running
- iCal is running
- Evernote is running
- Safari is running
Feel like the theory of iCal alerts COULD be involved, but not sure the number of swooshes match in any way with the number of reminders I may have. (If they're queued, as has been suggested, the number would be difficult to verify. But why would sounds queue up? That doesn't make a lot of sense to me.)
Unfortunately, the most logical explanation to me is a hijacking.
Hope to see this addressed soon.
Just happened to me for the second time. Right after I plugged in headphones. Unplugging the headphones did not stop it, nor did turning off WiFi. Shutting down Mail did stop it. I don't use Facetime or Calendar reminders. And clearly shutting down Mail ended it.
It's very disconcerting. Apple should address this.
<1 year old MBP. OS 10.8.4
I took my Air to an Apple store and the tech said that nobody there has heard of this problem. I showed him this discussion. He reinstalled my OS. It happened again a few days later. I called AppleCare and the tech gave me to a Senior Advisor. She had me create a new ID on my computer and told me to use mail through that ID (different login page). She also wante to be sue that nobody else on this computer has a Mac mail account.
She sent me an email with instructions on what to do the next time this happens. The info will be collected from my computer and sent to her so they can see what my computer "looks like" when this occurs. The program is called "Capture Data". I don't know how else to share this info with the rest of you. This is what her email says about it:
"The Capture Data program will gather the logs from your computer. It is best to do it as soon as you can after the issue occured. To run it you just double click the file. It will open a folder and then double-click the grey apple. Don't worry about checking any of the boxes. Basically, you'll just have to click continue a bunch of times."
I don't know if anyone else does this and it goes to her mail. This is her email: firstname.lastname@example.org