iPhone 5 rattling power button

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by spacecadet610, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2006
    Just got it in the mail.

    Anyone notice the power button rattling around a little when moving the top rapidly or tapping the top with your finger?

    Don't know if this is normal.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Oct 4, 2011
    Is the power button rattling or does it sound like something inside is rattling?
  3. macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2012
    Is everyone experiencing this? Seems like a bunch of threads have popped up with something rattling and shaking inside their phones.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Mar 18, 2009
    This thread appears with every new iPhone release.
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2011
    I noticed about five minutes ago and happened to see this thread.

    When I hold the phone, if I gently tap the back or move the phone around I can hear the rattling. It's not a big deal, but does give it that cheap electronics sound.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2007
    I believe this is the camera lens. The lens moves for focusing and I believe that on the 4S this was determined to be the "issue".
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2006
    Thought at first it might be something inside but pretty sure it's the power button.

    When i wobble the power button with my finger it makes the same sound.

  8. kaplanfx, Sep 21, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2012

    macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2010
    My power button is loose as well (mine also came out of the box with a scratch on the finish of the rim). I'm wondering if the phone is assembled differently, I remember the older phones being like this, but not the iphone 4.

  9. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2008
    I would file a complaint with the US Dept of Labor about the quality of the products we get because the Chinese slave laborers aren't cutting it. Something needs up be done, waterboard the pricks if you must. But they gotta step it up and care about the products they work on for 22hrs a day. It's not all about the free fish and rice.
  10. macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2009
  11. macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    My 4S rattles if I tap the back, but its the camera. People made a huge deal about it with the 4S too.
  12. macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2011
    It's obvious to me the chinese laborers are starting to feel entitled to a full day's pay and as a result the quality of our apple products is suffering. I'm not happy at all. Maybe we need to take away water breaks.

    Don't they know who we are? We're Americans. Freedom Fries. Remember 9/11.

  13. macrumors member


    Jul 8, 2008
    rattle and dumb

    same issue here. rattling sound when tapped on upper 1/4 mostly steaming from the camera area. power button, same area, works but feels loose to the touch and when very lightly shaken sounds like something going back and forth internally. i have the same camera rattle when tapped on my 4 but not the back and forth loose sounding rattle. kind of sucks.
  14. macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Ok, so I went to the Apple Store to swap my iphone for an unscratched one. While I was there I checked out the demo units. They all have SLIGHTLY loose power buttons compared to the extremely tight fit of the 4 and 4S. I'm guessing this is based on how the button is fit into the case and part of the design. Again they all have a tiny bit of wiggle (I looked at 15 different ones) so this it totally normal and part of the design.

  15. macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2010
    For what it's worth, I had a Genius appointment today to check out the loose power button that rattles. They told me it was actually the vibration motor I'm hearing, and that everything was "up to spec". I don't really buy it, and think there's definitely play in the power button which is rattling.

    But more to the point, I handled a good half-dozen display models, and every one had some play in the power button (some more than others) and made the exact same rattle noise. So wherever the noise is coming from, it's common enough to not be worth worrying about, in my opinion.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2012
    So many problems.. I hope this is all for the first batch.

    OnT: Get your phone looked at, they might give you a replacement.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
    Yep, noticed the buttons on my 5 rattle a bit. My 4S was rock solid. Oh well :(
  18. macrumors 601

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    Was in the store to pick up some accessories, none of which they had in stock (car charger, 30-pin to lightning adaptor; ended up just walking out with another lightning cable) and brought up the loose power button/rattle in conversation. He offered to take it in the back and have it looked at and came back a couple of minutes later saying that it's completely normal and everybody in the back that had a 5 had the same play in theirs.
  19. macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    Yes it rattles around but who cares...it works doesnt it?
  20. macrumors member


    Feb 9, 2010
    New York
    I noticed this immediately after receiving mine on Friday. It is definitely the power button in my case since if I hold it and shake the phone there is no rattling at all. It is quite annoying especially when tapping on the top part of the screen or when the phone is vibrating.

    However I turned back to my old iPhone 4 and discovered that the power button is loose as well. That may be the result of 2-year usage, but I never really felt it because I have a bumper on and the button is always slightly pressed by the bumper.

    I'll be getting a bumper for my iPhone 5 and see if that mitigate the rattling problem.

    PS: I suspect that since the 5 is much lighter that 4/4S, this rattling is more perceptible.
  21. macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2012
    Lens Cover

    It's the crystal camera lens cover. I placed my finger on the crystal cover and no more rattle. It's part of the design.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2010
    Back when I got the 4S, I discovered if you tap the apple symbol on the back, or anywhere on the top portion, you get a rattling. The senior apple tech said it was the free floating compass inside. Personally, i think it's more the camera lens. Whatever it is, it's "normal" as every single 4S in the store had that small rattling noise when you tapped it. Yes, I literally went to every phone in the store and put it up to my ear and tapped it like an idiot. Apparently the iPhone 4 had it as well.

    Thus, my iPhone 5 has the same small rattle when you tap it. It's just the way the iPhones are. "It's normal"

  23. macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2012
    Yes I just got it for my birthday, the button is deeper in the phone and it is loose.
  24. macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2012
    I used to care about every single little thing. i remember getting my iphones swapper out for a sliding home button, rattling volume buttons, etc. Now i just dont give a damn. a little wiggle here or there is not a big deal unless it affects my phones functionality.Hahah im uch more at peace now
  25. macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2012
    My power button rattles also, my iphone 4 didn't rattle at all, I'm living with it since it doesn't affect the phone usage at all

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