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iPhone 3G Version 2.0 home button not working instantly when pressed

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AXdeGuzman Calculating status...
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Jul 12, 2008 5:42 PM

Does anyone experienced on their new iPhone 3G's Home button not responding right when pressed? When I pressed the Home button it doesn't turn on the screen like should. But when I pressed it again and held it a little longer, the screen turns on.

I reset my iPhone and then now it turns on in an instant when pressing the Home button. It sounds like it's the 2.0 software causing the problem. Earlier, after pressing the Home button and the slide lock appears it usually plays an unlock sound. At times it didn't play the unlock sound until I reset the iPhone by turning it off and then back on.

Apple may still have some bug bashing to do with their worldwide rollout of the 2.0 software. Please fix this Apple! Thanks!
Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • iPhoneiPodLove Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
    Me too. Hopefully all of these minute little bugs can be fixed with a software update. That is a great thing about the iPhone; things can be fixed with software updates that are free and easy.
    Soon to be MacBook Air!, Windows XP, MBA 1.8 GHz 80Gb HD /iPhone 3G 16GB/iPod nano 3rd Gen.
  • xcess007 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Yup, I notice the same thing. The new 3G seems slower to respond then my old iphone. I also don't get the noises all the time either. Hmmmm
    sony, toshiba, imac, 80 gb ipod, 8 gb iphone,shuffle, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • whuybr0 Calculating status...
    I've been experiencing a similar problem.
    I activated my iPhone 3G this morning and from the first attempt, my home button didn't function at all.
    Even after restoring via iTunes, the button remained dead.
    So in my case it hasn't functioned once.
    For me this looks like a hardware problem.
    I will return it to the apple store tomorrow, hoping for a replacement, rather than sending it off for repairment ...

    If anyone experienced the same problem, and has found a solution, please let me know ...
    Black MB 2.2
  • Funnone Calculating status...
    I have the same issue, but i think mine is Hardware.
    If i push the home button a little harder then normal it will go back to the home screen! Going to return it ASAP!!!!
    Windows XP
  • halos Calculating status...
    I have the same issue. I'm not sure if it's hardware or software but it's sooooo frustrating. I bought 3 3Gs for myself and the family and my 3G is the only one with this problem. ugh!
  • The Chris Calculating status...
    Same problem here, among others. Sort of wish I waited on this one. It won't charge with my factory car kit because they removed the Firewire charging capabilities - with the 2.0 software, the phonebook is pretty slow. So far I am pretty disappointed with the 3g... but as soon as they address these problems, it seems like it will be pretty nice.
  • Michael Minor Calculating status...
    Add me to the list. Experiencing same problem with 16 gb black iPhone 3g. Restarting did not appear to solve the problem. When compared with my 1st gen iPhone, the differences are pretty substantial. i'm going to try taking it back to an Apple Store when they get more stock.
  • Jason from California Calculating status...
    OK Please try this I think I've found what the deal is with this slow responding home button/ slow laggy iPhone 2.0 software.

    Here is what I have and what I have tried. My old is an iPhone 8GB w/ 2.0 (5A347) and my new is a White iPhone 3G 16GB w/ 2.0 (5A347).

    Go to your Settings>General>Network and Disable 3G. I also Disabled WiFi as well to just test both iPhones old and new on EDGE.

    With EDGE enabled and 3G Disabled my new iPhone 3G responds super fast and the home button works fine going in and out of Apps. Still find it slow to respond from a black screen after being put in Stand By, but I can actually hear the unlock and lock sounds now. Haven't really tested different combinations of Disabling 3G but with WiFi ON and OFF.

    So after discovering this I don't think it is a hardware problem so please don't rush into your nearest Apple Store or AT&T store to return your iPhone 3G. Just wait it out till the next update releases (hopefully very soon).

    Hope this helps!

    UPDATE: So after writing this post a few hours ago and playing with my iPhone 3G some more with WiFi ON/OFF and 3G ON/OFF I decided to just Enable 3G and turn on WiFi and be done with it. Surprisingly enough now my iPhone 3G works fine haha. I can hear the unlock and lock sounds and the home button responds fine in and out of Apps and from Stand By. What is going on? Hopefully my iPhone decides to stay normal. I think I may have exorcised the demons from it. I need a young priest and an old priest haha

    Message was edited by: Jason from California
    iMac 20", Mac OS X (10.5.4), iPhone 3G 16GB, iPhone 8GB, Nano 4GB, Shuffle 1GB, Airport Extreme
  • Jason from California Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    UPDATE 2: I just can't seem to let this one go haha. Everyone knows the home button on the iPhone 3G is smaller and shallower compared to the old iPhone. I've also noticed now some things when I Wake the iPhone 3G from Stand By using the home button. If I press it fast it usually doesn't respond, and by fast I mean when pressed and depressed. If I hold it down even for a split second longer it wakes when depressed not when pressed. Different home button design mechanics?
    iMac 20", Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • whuybr0 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I hope you are right in your particular case and that your iPhone works perfectly from now one.
    In my case the home button never responded once, not even slow, so I still think there is a hardware issue involved.
    My phone will be replaced this week. With this replacement, Apple admits that there is a fundamental problem with my device...
    Black MB 2.2
  • Sandrew Calculating status...
    I, too, am having issues with the home button. At first it worked fine. Then, earlier today, it started acting a bit laggy. Now, it's kaput. No response whatsoever from the home button. Tried doing the soft reset (hold down home + power) to no avail. Part of me suspects (and hopes) that it's software... (There has been no misuse of the phone. It was laggy before it failed. Others are having issues.) But I worry that it's hardware--e.g. bad soldering--which would be tragic, since getting a replacement with any urgency is an impossibility.
    MacBook Pro - 15 in., 2GHz, 1GB, Mac OS X (10.4.7), iMac G4 (Flatpanel) - 17 in., 800MHz, 512MB
  • ohbigfish Calculating status...
    yep, it worked for about 6 hours, got home to show the wife the new white ipobia and no sound and no home button, guess my next trip is to the att store to get my old iphone that was working just fine on 2.0 (and another 6 hrs. on friday last week) to get it going, DOA after 6 hrs. had the wife call me I can hear her she can't hear me, yeah made sure the airport was correct, turned it off more than a few times, did the soft set, pluged it into my mac and it won't id in itunes , but my old iphone will, if I was'nt so dam old I'd get upset, but this aaaaannntttt'nt no way. hey I still have the old one and it just got more$$$$$$$$$$$$ you know what I mean. mike
    late 2007 macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.1), apple tv, iphone, macbook 4gb ram
  • cubs1596 Calculating status...
    I have the new iPhone 3G 8GB model, and have noticed lately little glitches/delays in response. For example, when scrolling through contacts, or sliding the unlock button, the phone very temporarily freezes up. Very frustrating as I'm used to operating quickly on my phone. Anyone else experiencing the same issues? Also, occasionally iPhone screen will just turn off when I move phone away from head to delete a voicemail. Takes about 30 seconds before screen turns back on. Strange. Thoughts and comments are much appreciated!
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Cibby Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    For those who were looking to return their phones, did you do so successfully? I've been thinking about doing that as well but don't know what they'll say at the store. Normally it's just that I have to press Home really hard or more than once to get it to work. The other day it wouldn't work at all. I was stuck on the favorites screen. I could shut the display off and on, but the home button didn't work. I was right by an Apple store and they asked me if I tried to reset it. Of course it worked after that but I don't want to have that happen. Reminds me too much of my old Treo! I also get a quick music skip from now on, which doesn't seem normal to me.
    15 MBP Santa Rosa, 20 iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
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