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Jackalton Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Hey all,


I hoped they'd fix this slightly annoying iPhone 4 issue for the 4S, but it seems like it's actually become worse, presumably because the 4S camera has five lenses as opposed to the 4's four. Here it is:


Hold your iPhone 4S so that it's upright and tap near the camera lens on the back. You'll hear the same rattling sound that you probably knew and 'loved' with the iPhone 4.


However, can anyone else confirm that tapping on the front, just to the left of the Home button, also rattles the lenses? It does on mine and I'm sure it didn't on the iPhone 4. Irritating...





  • Mostlybinary Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Yup I got it.  My iPhone 4 didn't do it.

  • crgmisc Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    My 4S rattles just as you described. My had a rattle too but not as loud as my 4S. When on vibrate, it can be heard too.

  • Zell-miester Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Yup, same with mine... =/  Any way to fix it?

  • Lewis5935 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yep does on mine as well - purchased a 64GB in the UK - very much louder and more noticeable than on the 4. I've had my 4 since its release and never noticed the sound until I did a comparison between the 4 and 4S!


    You going to try for a replacement?


    Two other threads:

  • Jackalton Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)



    First, sorry for the random 'Correct Answer'/'Helpful Answer' clickings - haven't used that feature before, so I didn't realise you could only have one 'Correct Answer'.


    No, I don't think I'm going to go for a replacement. From a bit of looking around, it seems that the problem is just as widespread as it was with the 4, and there's no point risking getting a dodgy screen or whatever for the low-to-zero chance of getting a rattle-free replacement.



  • darrengf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is my first post but I've also noticed this on iPhone 4s

    However I've also been in the apple shop and every one of the demos does the same as well. The iPhone 4s in the phone shops do the same as well.


    I'm also not sure if it is the camera. It seems to be something inside the phone at the top, poss the light sensor.


    If you slightly pinch the top ofthe phone, the rattle stops. Or if u push on the back too it stops. So I'm not convinced its the camera it self.


    The rattle like the buttons on the iPhone 4 has gone on the iPhone 4s but now we have a new one.


    So it this where we now go back to appple to see what it is. ?

  • Jackalton Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    It's the camera lenses, I'm sure. Haven't tried with the 4S, but with the 4, the rattle would stop briefly if you used the auto-focus in For the time that the lenses were focussing, the rattle would stop.


    It's normal, I say.



  • rimshaker Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)

    Ahh was wondering what that rattle was when i tapped around. Thought it was loose volume/mute buttons at first. Camera lens rattling around??... doesnt sound inspiring.

  • lovetoskico Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too have a distinct "tambourine" rattle when tapping the phone near the camera lens area.  So I understand that this is by design and does not constitute a defective product.  Seems surprising that Apple would be comfortable selling a phone that rattles.  Thinking about taking a short drive to the apple store to confirm, but sounds like it's pretty common.  Thanks.

  • Timo R. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can also confirm this "rattle".

    It's louder than in the iphone4.



  • darrengf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No it's def the camera lens now. I can hear it.


    It is annoying tho I've paid £700 for a top of the range 64gb phone and it has annoying rattle. This is not good and I'm not impressed at all in have to say. This is shockingly poor from apples testing point of view. 


    This is something that apple should have resolved before releasing the new phone or now look at resolving. There must be something that they can domtomthe lens to rest in a certain spot so it doesn't rattle like it does


    I love the iPhone to bits, but this is already getting on my nerves and swapping it at a shop for another one isn't going to resolve the issue.


    Mine rattles when it vibrates so when I get a SMS or a call it rattles and its annoying.

  • lovetoskico Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just returned from the apple store.  Checked out 5 or so 4s phones and validated the same rattle. Confirmed the ip4 rattle as well. Consulted with the genius bar who confirmed rattle is "normal" and exists with all 4s devices including his own (although the genius tech indicated the noise was coming from the sleep wake button which it sounds like he may be mistaken).  Will be able to sleep at night knowing that every iPhone tested had the nearly same rattle.

  • darrengf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. Still it's a shame that it does it.


    I was in my local appe store on Friday in uk and all the display ones did it. Some were louder than others


    Put it down to a charicturistic of the phone

  • i_am Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can confirm it.


    Noticed it immediately when I set down the phone on my table.  I did also notice it in all the iphones on display that I check in the apple shop.  I did not notice this at all with my iphone 4.  The noise is much more pronounced on the 4s.


    Its reasuring that I am not the only one with this.  However, it is a bit irritating that such an good phone, an expensive phone, makes such a cheap/broken noise.


    Further to this, I have to wonder...  Is this rattling going to cause damage to the camera lenses/parts or whatever over time?


    Surely continuous friction on these moving parts, even when not in use has to build up and have some effect...


    Any opinions on this?

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