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Does your iphone 4 rattle?

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  • John P. Level 4 Level 4 (1,145 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 8:14 AM (in response to tsmithband)
    Both mine and my wife's iP4s have a little rattle in them. Hers more with the volume buttons but both phones rattle a tiny bit with the sleep/wake button on the top. My guess is that is the button that gets used far more often than the volume buttons so it gets the most wear. I don't think it's a design issue because if the phone was made of plastic you would't hear it. This phone is made with glass and stainless steel so the tolerances are going to be different.

    I think this is more OCD than anything else but just to be sure, I held down the sleep/wake button and gave my phone a small jiggle and the rattle stopped. I only noticed it when I was using the Bing app of all things trying to get the voice search function to work.

    The only issue I've had with my iP4 was a bad pixel in the camera itself--basically, all of my videos had a stuck blue pixel in them. Grrr.... On the plus side it took less than 10min with an appointment at the Apple Store to get it swapped, the part that took the longest was they wanted to detail exactly where the pixel was and everything, my guess is to keep track of defects. I don't recall this when I had my iPhone 3G and had it swapped for frying my SIM card.

    (Incidentally, I did discover that if you are having trouble getting the voice search function in the Bing app to work, give the phone a tiny jostle and it will work--I presume it is because it doesn't want to turn on the proximity sensor until it notices you motion the phone up to your ear.... cool yet unnecessary design."
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  • K701 Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2010 1:00 PM (in response to tsmithband)
    I had to change my iphone 4 out due to software issues and the replacement had a slight rattle I noticed when I put it down on the sofa. I'm sure the original didn't, but in reality, possibly I didn't notice it. I ended up with a 2rd replacement due to a different issue and in the store another guy was talking about this rattle. His replacement had the rattle, as did his original. I tried 3 in store and they all did also. It's the camera in these instances as holding the buttons doesn't stop it. My girlfriend who has an HTC with 5 megapixel autofocus- which also has this rattle.

    I would like to add that in the examples given above, the rattle is only produced when placing the iphone on a surface or when tapping the phone around the camera area. There was no noise when shaking the phone. From this, I think it's pretty normal and... really hardly noticeable. If I had of observed myself: tapping, shaking, and picking up and placing down an iphone repeatedly over the last week, I would have thought "That poor guy, must be pretty ill."
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  • MattDaFresh13 Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2011 9:07 AM (in response to K701)
    I bought my iPhone 4 from the AT&T store on 12/24/2010 and noticed when playing some games that require you to shake the handset that it had a distinct rattling sound comming from the upper right corner of the device near the camera and the power/sleep button. The phone functioned perfectly but the fact that I had spent approximately $400 on the phone (I bought the protection plan and some screen protectors) and there was a possibility that something may be loose that could create future hassles bothered me enough to investigate.

    I went on google and youtube and came across all sorts of postings from people worried about the sound have OCD and need to get a life to the sound is an indicator of a burgeoning problem. I went into the AT&T store and shook the display model - they thought I was nuts at first. I explained what happened and they were fine with giving me a brand new phone but they were out of stock. I called Apple and made an appointment with a very understanding Genuis who did not know the cause of the rattle but swapped out my phone for a brand new one that makes NO RATTLE WHATSOEVER (the display model at the AT&T store didn't rattle either).

    It's true that when I depressed my finger over the power button it did not make the rattle which would indicate a loose button but if you go on youtube you will see videos of iPhone owners who had the rattle problem initially and let it go and now their phones make a strange vibrating sound when shutting down or taking video. Bottom line ladies and gentlemen, the rattling sound is NOT normal, not a result of OCD and is NOT the camera autofocus lens.

    Unless you're so wealthy you can just buy another phone on your own dime when it poos the bed, have the rattle checked out. Apple was very nice about everything and now I'm completely satisfied. Hope this helps.
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  • JeffKaz25 Calculating status...
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    Jan 18, 2011 8:33 AM (in response to tsmithband)
    My phone rattles when I lightly tap the back of it in the area around the camera. I've held all the buttons (hold, volume, silent) and it still does it. I took it in to the apple store the other day and was told that it had something to do with the casing of the phone in that area. I'm still not convinced with this answer because it sounds like something inside the phone. Anyone have the same problem or any suggestions of what I should do. I still have warranty on it too.
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  • K701 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 18, 2011 12:27 PM (in response to Matthew Berman)
    I'm on my 5th iPhone 4 and they have all made a rattle noise when tapped near the camera- as do other phones with a camera. You hear a very slight noise when placing the phone down due to this. Every iPhone 4 I've come across has this. It should not rattle when shaken though.
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  • giolicious Calculating status...
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    Feb 1, 2011 8:55 PM (in response to tsmithband)
    mine also rattles when i shake it. i just noticed it today after removing its case. its coming from the power button. it also makes noise just by touching it. the metal that makes up the power button is a little small for the hole where its fitted. that's why its loosely moving and thus making the rattling metal to metal noise.

    im a bit disappointed.
    iOS 4
  • SpaceAviator Calculating status...
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    Feb 8, 2011 9:45 AM (in response to giolicious)
    Did replacements help people?
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  • martin.surych Calculating status...
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    Feb 27, 2011 5:13 AM (in response to tsmithband)
    The sleep button on my iPhone 4 makes a noise when I shake it the phone, but when I hold the button and shake it no noise going on. So it has to be something loose in the button, but everything works fine. Still have 2 years warranty, so not a big deal. Try hold some of the buttons on your iPhone and shake it. I'll bet ya that the noise will be going from a button, because something loose inside the phone, except the buttons now, it does not seem right to me, unless you have already dropped it or something of course.
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  • Kyle Healy Calculating status...
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    Apr 2, 2011 5:43 AM (in response to martin.surych)
    Im in an apple store now and have been told it is the vibrate hardware that makes the rattle... It only turned up a month ago and is rather annoying...
    MacBook Pro Unibody 17', Mac OS X (10.6), MBP 15', iMac 24', 2x iPod Stuffle 2Gb, iPhone 3G white 16Gb
  • tomasapple Calculating status...
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    Jun 4, 2011 7:28 AM (in response to hyraddict)

    I have the "camera rattle" too. I notice it whenever I lightly tap the camera area or when I place it down. I am pretty sure that all iphone 4s do. I do not think that I will take it back, but if it worsens, then I will take it in. I have tried a case and that worsened the problem. What should I do?

  • Ari from Malmö Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:13 AM (in response to tsmithband)

    my iphone 4 had rattling sound when i shook it, i got a new replacement from apple store it does too!! shall I be worry? do any body know why it does that?!!

  • rmz83 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 30, 2011 11:17 AM (in response to tsmithband)

    Im a little bit disapointed with my new iPhone 4. I notice that problem after a few days of use and the sleep/power button feel a little bit loose and doesn't make the normal "click" when pressed.

     

    After making some tests, I noticied that he rattle when I shack and when I press the sleep/power button the rattle sound stops.

     

    This is an hardware issue for sure and I know a lot of people with new iPhones facing the same problem. And I know it isn't normal because my sisters iPhone 4 that she bought 6 months ago is working perfectly, no rattling sound at all and the sleep/power button is much more solid.

     

    I want to send my iPhone for warranty but im afraid that they give me another one with the same issue.

     

    PS. The only different between my iPhone and my sister is the screws. My have the new one and her iPhone still have the "old philip screws".

  • John P. Level 4 Level 4 (1,145 points)
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:30 PM (in response to rmz83)

    I now have a white iPhone 4 and it will rattle a little unless I hold down the power button. Just about every iPhone 4 I've seen has a little rattle under the power button unless you hold it down. I wouldn't worry about it.

  • rmz83 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 30, 2011 7:21 PM (in response to John P.)

    But when you press, the button feels soft?

     

    Because I notice a huge difference between that button and the volume button, wich is much more solid and when my iPhone came it was exacly the same, just a few days ago became much more soft and it was when the rattle sound started... and like I said before, on my sisters iPhone is still solid like the volume buttons...

     

    And even if I don't had my sisters example, I dont think it is normal at all.. specially for an expensive Apple product were all details are very well done.

  • John P. Level 4 Level 4 (1,145 points)
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    Jun 30, 2011 8:37 PM (in response to rmz83)

    rmz83 wrote:

     

    But when you press, the button feels soft?

     

    Because I notice a huge difference between that button and the volume button, wich is much more solid and when my iPhone came it was exacly the same, just a few days ago became much more soft and it was when the rattle sound started... and like I said before, on my sisters iPhone is still solid like the volume buttons...

     

    And even if I don't had my sisters example, I dont think it is normal at all.. specially for an expensive Apple product were all details are very well done.

     

    No, the button clicks pretty firm. My wife's iPhone 4 clicks the same and doesn't rattle. My previous (black) iPhone 4 had the rattle, though.

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