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  • 30. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    BLegrand Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have also started to experience this with my iPhone 4 since downloading the iOS 5 software. It will still take the photo, you just dont know what it looks like beforehand.

  • 31. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    servie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This did not work for me, unfortunately.  However, I was able to get a genius appointment and to swap my phone and now I'm happy.  I hope this is a software issue, but in my case, it was either a software issue that did not respond to a normal reset / firmware reinstall or it was a hardware failure.  Apple has great customer service, so I'm very satisfied in any event.  Good luck to the rest of you!

  • 32. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    Phanweb Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I took it to Apple. They had to follow the usual procedure of restoring and troubleshooting but they gave me a new iphone. Excellent customer service!

  • 33. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    damonhayhow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just wanted to flag another iPhone 4S with rear camera DOA. I've fully restored the phone twice, to no effect. Front-facing camera works fine but even trying to switch to the rear camera on a Facetime call caused Facetime to hang. I tried the tip of covering the cameras with my thumb and finger which appeared to help a similar problem on the iphone 4; nothing. Booked to see a Genius tomorrow. I bet I have to wait 3 weeks for them to receive stock. :-(

  • 34. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    Rakkasan7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I made an appointment on this site, took it in to the Apple store, and they swapped my phone for a new one.  They do get replacement phones for the purpose of bug issues.  I asked.  Couldn't be happier with the customer service at my Apple store here in El Paso TX.  These employees are the best!

    P.S.

    My new camera works as advertised.

    Kevin

  • 35. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    JoniZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too had issues with front and back camera for IPhone 4S.
    I have been trying to reach Apple Support since Friday...long hold. Finally I was able to get thru early this AM.

     

    The Apple guy had me do these steps (yes took notes so I could share with others):

    *The following instructions are to test Data Errors if they occured*

     

    Plug the phone into computer - open ITunes.

    Right click on "your phone" in ITunes menu and "Create a Backup"

    Unplug phone from computer.
    On the Phone itself - (make sure you are disconnected from ITunes)

    Select: Settings, General, Reset, Erase ALL Content and Settings

    This will wipe EVERYTHING from the phone - (does NOT restore to factory, more on this later)

     

    Turn the phone off - via holding the Power button then and Home Button (being specific for non-techy folks)

    Leave phone off 5 minutes

    Turn phone on - do NOT connect to ITunes yet

    You will be back to square one at this point.

    Go thru the steps of setting your phone up, but when you get to the "Do you want to use ICloud/ITunes" window - DO NOT sign in with your AppleID - select SKIP at bottom right corner.

    Continue until you see the home screen which will NOT contain ANY of your Apps, Contacts, etc.

    Now....double click the HOME button

    this will pull up a small window at the bottom - this is called the Multi Tasking Window

    You will see Camera App (and maybe a few others) in this window.

    Press and Hold the App until a - (minus) sign appears. Click on - (minus) sign to remove ALL Apps from Multi-Tasking Window

    Hit the Home Button and now try to open the Camera App from the Home Screen

    If your camera works, then it was a data error and you should be able to then connect back to ITunes and restore all your Apps, Contacts, etc and be good to go.

    These instructions were to fix problems with the Camera if it was a Data Error.


    This did NOT fix my problem so we went one step further to test Firmware Errors.

     

    So with the phone still not containing ANY of my Apps, Contacts, etc

    Plug phone into Computer and open ITunes

    DO NOT LET THE PHONE Sync with old Apps, Contacts, etc

    On the Summary Page select "Restore"

    This will wipe EVERYTHING - and restore back to the factory - data and firmware wiped!

    This is a different restore than doing it directly from the phone "Settings, General, etc" that was mentioned above.

    Once the phone is wiped, while still plugged into ITunes, "Setup as a New Phone" and make sure you name it something different than your "old phone name". Do this from ITunes - NOT from the phone itself.

    Make sure you do NOT sync ANYTHING!

    Let ITunes do the New Phone setup stuff and when done, while the phone is still plugged into ITunes, open the Phone and go thru the steps of setting your phone up.

    When you get to the "Do you want to use ICloud/ITunes" window - DO NOT sign in with your AppleID - select SKIP at bottom right corner.

    Continue until you see the home screen which will NOT contain ANY of your Apps, Contacts, etc.

    Now....double click the HOME button

    this will pull up a small window at the bottom - this is called the Multi Tasking Window

    You will see Camera App (and maybe a few others) in this window.

    Press and Hold the App until a - (minus) sign appears. Click on - (minus) sign to remove ALL Apps from Multi-Tasking Window

    Hit the Home Button and now try to open the Camera App from the Home Screen

     

    If your camera works, then it was a firmware error and you should be able to restore all your Apps, Contacts, etc and be good to go.

     

    This did NOT fix my problem either and so here is where it gets fun!

    If you were like me, thru my "Service Provider - AT&T," I was eligible for an upgrade. So I ordered and received my phone, had it less than 24 hours, and the "functions" did not work.

    At no point did anyone from AT&T mention that Apple requires you to purchase AppleCare+ protection plan to get help. Note, I put a sign because it's different than regular AppleCare. Make note of this and see further details here (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2394635,00.asp#fbid=PgMDz9m_gBy).

    The Apple Support guy told me I had three options:
    1. Pay $30 and Apple would ship me a new phone - in return I send the old phone back

    2. Return the phone, they would repair, and send it back (no I dont get a loaner during this time)

    3. Hunt down an Apple Store and see if they have any extra to "swap" me out

    The Apple Support Guy told me these were my only options. I pay them, send phone back and get it returned "refurbished," or pray Apple Store can help. Told me that "well the phone works, just the camera "feature" doesn't. How do you purchase a $700 product and tell your consumer, well its brand new, the "phone" part works, it's a phone, what else do you expect? - I Didn't just order a Phone!!

     

    Your blood boiling yet? At this point I asked to speak to a Supervisor.

     

    While on hold, I went one step further - KNOW Your Warranty RIGHTS and Apple's Legal Disclaimers. Thats right - go check this out: http://www.apple.com/legal/warranty/iphone/ They don't have a Legal Disclaimer for 4S! However, that doesn't really matter unless you plan to sue at this point, but it does outline the other One Year Warranties. Nowhere does it state on their website, in their Warranty Policies, Terms & Conditions, nor any documentation that was received with the new phone that they can deny nor charge you for "Getting What You Paid For"!
    If you bought a car, drove it off the lot, the windows didn't work and the dealership told you the windows can be manually lifted up and down, they didn't serve the purpose of "transportation" would you take it sitting down if they told you you had to pay $1 to get a car that worked with features they sold?

     

    So after I got a Supervisor, we went thru ALL the steps mentioned above AGAIN. He tried to tell me that if I didn't purchase the AppleCare+ that I was subject to the 3 options mentioned above. Well, after I shared with him the Legal research I did above and nowhere did Apple send any documentation with the Phone that I HAD to purchase the care, etc., he changed his mind. I now have a Replacement Phone being shipped within 48 hours at no charge to me!

     

    If you purchase ANY product - Apple, Dell, HP, Ford, Chevy, Maytag....I can keep going - KNOW your rights as a consumer. If it came from the Mfg Defective and the Mfg has agreed it is defective - YOU SHOULD NOT BE CHARGED to GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR!

     

    Now Apple Supervisor made it right - but not after a lengthy process.

     

    GOOD LUCK folks - hope its just Data or Firmware problem you are having

  • 36. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    Coffeemug33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same here iPhone 4s black 16G through AT&T. No rear camera just a black screen. I have an appointment with the nearest genius to me, that happened's to be 55 miles away.   

  • 37. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    FatesClown Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Problem fixed. Made a Genius appointment.  They immediately replaced the phone with a new one.  The new phone works without any issues.

     

      According to the tech, the stores have a small supply on hand for swaps.

  • 38. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    jsauch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi there!

    i have a balck iphone 4s 16g at&t. front facing camera showed static on screen and then went black. still not working after reboot, closing and reopening app. rear cam, shutter, and led ok. going to apple store tonight. hope it helps! anyone else having this issue? solutions?

  • 39. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    adidaska Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried the resetting a couple times and no luck. I am in Orlando so have 3 apple stores to choose from and was able to get an appt same night. Genius swapped it out but I had to reactivate thru Verizon. So all good on this one

  • 40. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    mikedcc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same issue. I had mine replaced today @ the Genuis Bar as well. I was having pretty bad battery drain on the original 4s and the replacement phone is now noticeably faster than it was before and does not have the battery drain. It was as if there was some part of the CPU/OS that kept looping trying to do something... might be totally unrelated to the camera issue but worth noting if it can help figure this problem out.

     

    I think this is a hardware issue but, for what it's worth, I was running the GM developer release of iOS5 on my old iphone4 and restored from my icloud backup on my iphone4s when it arrived friday. Was anyone else in the same boat?

  • 41. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    BLegrand Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the iPhone 4 (not 4S) and previously posted on this thread as having the same issue once downloading OS5. Apple also replaced my phone this evening and was told Apple wants all phone that are having this issue replaced. Just FYI.

  • 42. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    BLegrand Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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    Message was edited by: BLegrand

  • 43. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    manichispanic13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    my camera comes and goes. it takes several minutes for the shutter to open and thats with nothing running in the background. i have the black 32gb 4s from sprint. i just got it and started up the camera app so hopefully its just a warm up thing. just try leaving it for a while and see if the shutter opens. ill post any changes. apple i buy your products to avoid these things. come on man!

  • 44. Re: iPhone 4S camera not working ("Shutter" remains closed in app)
    annarface Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I got my iPhone 4S 32GB on Monday and my rear camera has not worked since I got it (the front has), however today I opened my camera app to check if it was still broken and the shutter actually opened and it can now take photos.

     

    I don't know if this will just be temporary or not but I haven't done any updates/anything on my phone to cause it to suddenly work. Anyone else's just fixed randomly?

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