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Does your iphone 4 rattle?

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  • neonsox Calculating status...
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    Jul 1, 2010 7:20 AM (in response to RayLew52)
    My phone does it and it's in the rear camera area also. I think it's probably something that is meant to move a little because everything still feels solid and the phone functions normally despite the noise. I can't remember if my 3GS did it, but I'll have to unbox it and try to replicate.

    As far as the proximity sensor goes, I'm thinking the issue there is unrelated to the rattle and can be cured with a software update (hopefully). I wonder if they moved it since the front camera is near where it used to be positioned on the 3GS. Maybe it's all about position.
    MacBook (C2D 2GHz), iPhone 4 (32 GB), Mac OS X (10.6.4), Windows, Linux, etc.
  • eo6564 Calculating status...
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    Jul 2, 2010 9:14 AM (in response to tsmithband)
    I had the rattle in my iPhone 4 32gb up around the camera. I had it swapped out at the Genius bar this past Wed due to the proximity sensor issue and the new iPhone doesn't rattle at all.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • dgabriel88 Calculating status...
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    Jul 2, 2010 11:26 AM (in response to tsmithband)
    Yeah, I bought an iPhone 4 on the 30th June. I only noticed the rattle (around the camera / hold switch area) yesterday. My friend who also bought an iPhone recently did not experience this problem. I took my phone back to the store (along with my friend so that they could compare the phones) and showed them the problem. I was given a new replacement which doesn't rattle at all without any bother. This rattling problem seems to be quite common however I am 100% sure that it isn't supposed to be like that as some iPhones don't have it. Hope this helps.
    iPhone 4g, iOS 4
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,705 points)
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    Jul 2, 2010 11:31 AM (in response to tsmithband)
    It rattles for the same reason the 3GS rattles - the autofocus lens is moveable.
    MacPro4,1 8 Core, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4, iOS 4.0, AirPort Extreme, 160GB iPod Classic, 5 PCs/WinXP SP3
  • vaportrails2002 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 2, 2010 11:03 PM (in response to tsmithband)
    I noticed today that mine has a quiet rattle in it (32g). My wife has a 16g and it doesn't rattle, but she does have a touch pad problem where the edges of the screen don't work. She is waiting for a replacement now. I think I am going to be waiting for a replacement myself.
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  • vaportrails2002 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 2, 2010 11:10 PM (in response to tal1971)
    tal1971 wrote:
    tsmithband wrote:
    When I shake my iphone, there is a rattle around the micro sim area. Does anyone else seem to have this issue?

    Thanks in advance.

    Try putting your finger on the sleep/wake button. I could hear a rattle, but when I placed my finger on the sleep/wake button and shook it again, the rattle was no more

    I just tried that and that is what it is. My wife's phone doesn't do it though. See my other reply further down
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  • .ams Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 3, 2010 1:49 PM (in response to .ams)
    As a follow up, I had my Genius Bar appointment today to have the issue investigated. They were stumped. Took the back of the phone off and "thought" the ribbon for the Sleep/Wake button was loose. They tried three phones in the back of house and two out of three had the same rattle. After putting a bumper on one they claimed the rattle went away. I was already planning on purchasing a bumper, but do not think this will fix the issue. They did not swap the phone. However, they did state if the rattle gets worse, if I notice a decrease in functionality, or if it becomes a major annoyance, they will swap it out. For me, it is a nuisance, but I am done worrying about it. Everything works perfectly with the phone. I am going to install the screen protectors, put on the bumper, and be happy with my purchase!
    Lord Mac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • phil atkinson Calculating status...
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    Jul 5, 2010 10:47 AM (in response to tsmithband)
    Mine has also started rattling. Everytime I put it down or tap the back - really annoying. Seen as there are so many people with the same issue and reading that some have had a replacement, I think I'll send mine back - surely this is not normal
    iPhone 4, Other OS
  • UrbanKaos Calculating status...
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    Jul 7, 2010 2:12 AM (in response to RayLew52)
    My iPhone 4 rattles at the top, by the Front Camera/Speaker....
    it isn't the Power/Sleep Button,
    isn't the Sim Tray

    got a Reservation with Apple today so hopefully they just take it off me and give me a new one!
    3GS, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • tomat3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 7, 2010 3:19 AM (in response to tsmithband)
    got my replacement today and it rattles, too.

    its def. the buttons.

    Waiting for incase tp release the case and will put it over to quiet the phone
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • flow-bow Calculating status...
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    Jul 8, 2010 11:21 AM (in response to tomat3)
    my first iphone4 had the rattle. it had a loose sleep/wake button and some rattling inside. now i got my replacement and it rattles too. but the sleep/wake button is solid. i think i can live with that.
    iphone 4, iOS 4
  • surfin-bobby Calculating status...
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    Jul 8, 2010 1:50 PM (in response to flow-bow)
    Yep, mine rattles too, and my wife's 3gs does it too, tapping by the camera.
    I will consider this as normal as long as the auto focus functionality still works...
    Adding a case does reduce the problem and is necessary with this phone anyway!
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • iChrisP Calculating status...
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    Jul 8, 2010 1:55 PM (in response to tsmithband)
    hmm I have an iRattle also and I didn't download it from the app store. It seems to be the power button on mine that is loose, if I tap it, it iRattles, also have an iRattle with my home button. If I shake my iPhone4 it is has a very noticeable iRattle.

    Whilst I'm on the subject, also my signal randomly disappears for about 10 seconds and then comes back and the voice quality and handsfree are know where near as good as my old 3G.

    Last piece of junk I bought from apple looked like a clam shell.. hope this isn't going to be the same deal.
    everything, iOS 4, I have every apple product.. and I'm not kidding!!
  • AZiPhone Calculating status...
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    Jul 13, 2010 12:54 AM (in response to tsmithband)
    Why yes, my iPhone 4 32gb has the same rattle issues, and I assure you it is not one of the buttons. It feels a lot more like a loose gyro, no so much like a loose part, per say, but certainly a possibility. I have major proximity sensor problems, which were not solved by restoring and resetting the phone. I will be heading to the apple store all to soon, in hopes that they will have a replacement.

    Of note, my wife's new iPhone 4 32gb does not have the rattle.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • britkev1 Calculating status...
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    Jul 15, 2010 5:36 AM (in response to Matthew Berman)
    I'll add my name to the list too. My 32GB iPhone4 rattles around the camera in the back. It's really noticeable when placed down on a glass table. It's def not the buttons or sim tray and is more pronounced when placed down on the corner with the camera.
    iPhone4, iOS 4
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