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Does your iphone 4 rattle?

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  • schrader90 Calculating status...
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    Aug 27, 2010 8:17 AM (in response to bushman4)
    ^^^ BTW^^^

    My iphone does not rattle when I shake it. Only when it vibrates (call, message) and its horizontal with the back part (logo) facing down.
    Macbook Pro (Late '08) , 2.53ghz, 4gb ram, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iphone 3 8gb Black
  • Deral247 Calculating status...
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    Aug 31, 2010 8:00 PM (in response to tsmithband)
    People... the rattling sound is the shaking of your cameras autofocus lens. nothing to worry about.
    Iphone 4, iOS 4
  • bushman4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 1, 2010 12:11 AM (in response to Matthew Berman)
    Rattling appears to be NORMAL as even the iPHONE4 in the APPLE store rattles.
    It could be the autofocus lens or the Gyroscope which both have moving parts.
    Windows XP
  • ServiceGames Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 2, 2010 7:44 PM (in response to Deral247)
    My iPhone 4 has a slight rattle as well but only when tapping it directly around the camera on the back.

    For those that actually do have loose sleep/wake buttons or other serious problems, I hate that you have to go through that.

    For the rest of you... my guess is that you've never handled a lower end SLR camera lens before. Guess what... the autofocus rings aren't perfectly tight. They rattle. And since the iPhone 4 (and 3GS) has autofocus (aka Moving Parts) inside the camera lens assembly, it's going to rattle.

    SG
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  • islascanarias Calculating status...
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    Sep 3, 2010 3:25 AM (in response to ServiceGames)
    i got mine today. it RATTLES like **** and it's the power button. should i return it or ALL iphone 4's have this issue?
    laptop, Windows 7
  • Andy Smedley Calculating status...
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    Sep 3, 2010 12:53 PM (in response to islascanarias)
    Hi everyone,
    I first noticed this rattle only after reading about it on this forum and after checking one of my friends iPhone 4 it has the same rattle. I have just returned from Las Vegas where after visiting two Apple stored and checking 8 display models and they all had the same little rattle from around the rear camera only audible when tapped with yor finger. Will if this was not reassuring that I do not have a huge problem as apart from this OCD rattle the phone works perfect in ever way.So on my return to the UK I phoned apple who shipped me out a replacement the following day, when the replacement phone was tapped in the rear camera area it also had a slight rattle plus both volume buttons and sleep/wake were loose. So the replacement was slot worse than the original so the replacement went back. Both my wife and her friends 3GS have the same rattle when handled in the same way. So I conclude that my findings have found the rattle only when tapped around the rear camera appears to be wide spread. Don't be to OCD and if people say theirs don' t rattle you are either lucky or in the minority. As my phone works 100% I will stick with it until it goes belly up with a fault that stops the phone working.
    Cheers Andy
    Toshiba, Windows Vista, Gold
  • Andy Smedley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 3, 2010 12:59 PM (in response to Andy Smedley)
    Sorry about some of the grammar in my first post. I have fat fingers when typing

    Andy
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  • schrader90 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 3, 2010 2:18 PM (in response to tsmithband)
    I am aware of the rattle when tapping close to the camera. But mine also rattles when it vibrates (getting a call, message, etc...) and it is in the horizontal position. When its vertical there is no rattle.

    So far I have tried this on 2 iPhones 4 from colleagues and one has the same issue. The other does not.

    Can you guys try this with your iPhones?
    Macbook Pro (Late '08) , 2.53ghz, 4gb ram, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4 32gb
  • granadablanca Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 6, 2010 6:55 PM (in response to Matthew Berman)
    Mine rattles as well, just noticed it in the past few days. It's not any of the buttons, or the bumper. If I tap on the back, shake from side to side, or even simply put the phone down (not hard), I'll hear something shaking in there.

    If it's the autofocus, that's fine, but that brings up two more questions:
    1. Why did it just appear in the past few days?
    2. Why does it still happen when the camera is running (and focused)? Try tapping the back while using the camera.

    Hopefully this isn't an issue.

    Thanks,
    Dave
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
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    Sep 6, 2010 9:47 PM (in response to RayLew52)
    You have to bear in mind that there's only a few people out of millions that are complaining about this.If my iPhone has a rattle it's not loud enough for me to hear it. My kid hears it a little bit. Certainly not annoying.

    You also have to consider that in order for something to be free moving there needs to be clearance with the mating part. And if they don't have adequate clearance if yo don't center of the button it will bind. You can push the button a little off center and it still moves smoothly. Actually, I can push the very edge with my fingernail and it works. You have to figure that a lot of parts in these things. And when they're manufactured each part has to have a plus or minus tolerance, the amount the size can be bigger or smaller than the ideal size. If the part that fits inside is on the minus side and the part it fits into is on the plus side there will be more clearance, hence more of a rattle. And there are manufacturing defects in every production and pretty much everybody takes a certain size batch of parts and inspects them. The batch size is calculated based upon how many pieces are in the whole lot to make it a probability that most of them are good. Pretty much nobody inspect 100% except when failure could lead to loss of life or limb. Add to that the fact that there are people doing this and people putting these things together. You ever have a day when you're not quite up to snuff at work? I have. If the rattling is bothering you the simple solution is to stop shaking your iPhone. Why would you want to shake your iPhone anyway? I only tried it because I read this forum. Never thought to do it before that. If you have a rattle that is seriously loud enough to be annoying and you're not shaking then maybe you got a defect and you should take it to the store and complain. When you make millions of these things, especially when you're under pressure to deliver, some bad ones will slip through. But a small percentage. It's a law of production.

    On the other hand, my kid seems to think it has something to do with the gyroscope. I don't know if they have solid state gyros but the ones I know of have moving parts. So it's a thought.
    G5 Quad 2.5 gh, 5gig RAM, 500 and 750 gb w/ 30" Cinema Display, Mac OS X (10.5.6), MBP, 17" C2D 2.53.(10.6.4). G4 Gigabit, dual 1.4 processor iPhone 4, 32 gig
  • Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
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    Sep 6, 2010 9:57 PM (in response to RayLew52)
    Actually, I just looked it up and it's a tiny little version of the one you had when you were a kid. If you didn't have one then you were deprived but probably saw one someplace. Actual a bit more complex because they're electromechanical.

    Like I said don't shake your iPhone.
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  • Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
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    Sep 6, 2010 10:03 PM (in response to DarkOneX)
    That's exactly what I say.
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  • Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
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    Sep 6, 2010 10:04 PM (in response to bsimon22)
    Why are you tapping on your iPhone anyway?
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  • Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
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    Sep 6, 2010 10:07 PM (in response to killhippie)
    Love your post Killhippie.

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  • granadablanca Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 6, 2010 10:08 PM (in response to Igor_G5)
    In order to isolate the sound I hear every time I place the phone down, I tried tapping around in various spots, and while being able to hold the buttons still. That's why I was tapping on the phone, can't speak for anyone else though.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
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