Something is rattling inside my iPhone 5.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Eckscaliber, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2012
    I just noticed today that when I tap the back, anywhere from the Apple logo to the top of my phone, the back will rattle. It sounds like something may have broken off or become loose inside. It is defeinitely something that just happened today or yesterday because I would have noticed it a lot sooner if it was like this out of the box. Does anyone know what the issue might be?

    I bought my phone from AT&T. What kind of exchange or warranty service do they offer standard? I did not purchase issurance or Apple Care.
  2. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    it is the camera lense and is totally normal. There are a few threads if you search
  3. macrumors 68040


  4. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    more than a few actually.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2012
    The camera lense is rattling even if I am tapping the Apple logo? That's like 1/3 of the back. Why is it normal?
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2010
    if you tap the display models at the apple store you will find the same type of rattling. I've done this even on the new ipod touches.

    Just search the threads for your answer.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
  8. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    nope not all the iphone 5 rattles.. my new one is completely silent as is all my coworkers..

    It's true some of the camera lens may rattle bit.. My old iphone I thought had this problem but i took it in and it turns out mine was MISSING A PART!!! so if u dont feel comfortable take it in and get it checked out instead of listening to the people that think they know it all on this forum
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    If it rattles and you can actually feel the weight shifting, it is the battery. I had a co-worker who's battery was loose the day she received it. She took it to an Apple store and they opened the phone and re-glued the battery in place. It worked for about a week, then came loose again. Apple replaced the phone in the store.

  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
  11. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    typically that is the noise people are hearing. I will now go back to my
    'know it all" thrown.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    Mine rattles and took it in. The genius replace it for me with new phone. They open up the old phone and it was not a camera like every said . The screw was not properly screw. Bad qc
  13. Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    Because I totally believe that some minimum wage worker at an Apple Store was able to tell you that.

    You're full of it. Plain and simple.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    I'm having the same problem with my iphone5 too. Only started happening a few days ago. It's not a loud sound and only happens when placing the phone down.

    I'm not going to bother swapping it out yet. I've got Applecare, so will probably use that at some point.
  15. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    and you are clearly full of ur self.. plain and simlpe.. umm it doesn't take a genius (pun intended) to see a part is missing. The guy even told me exactly which part was missing. You can see it on ifixit. It's the metal piece that holds the connector down in this picture. you can go on and be your stupid self now. .

  16. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
  17. macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2012
    ^I think It really depends on what the sound is--if it's a teeny clink when the phone is set down, then it is probably normal. If it's a definite "rattle" and is heard when moving the phone back and forth, I'd definitely take it in to be looked at as it's clear that not all iPhone 5s make this sound. There's a difficulty in telling a specific user whether their phone is "normal" or not when we haven't heard the rattle. To be clear, my first 5 had a very distinctive rattle which I did not view as normal and sure enough, my replacement 5 sounds better.
  18. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2011
    I ignored it. Mine is loud enough that if you place your phone on the table, you will it "shake".

    However, if you put a finger over the power button and another over the camera lenses, there should be no sound.
  19. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2012
    As soon as I get the tool, I'm going to open my phone to try and fix the problem.
  20. macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2012
    For me it's my power button, if I put my finger in it and shake it the phone makes no sound, little annoying but dunno if its worth swapping because its perfect otherwise
  21. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    It's related to one of the speakers not functioning on the bottom of the phone. If both the speakers are functioning, the rattle will disappear.
  22. macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
    i heard its the widget house not completely connected...or it could be that the qualcomm chip is out of LTE fluid.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009
    Rattling near the camera is normal, unless you are putting your phone up to your ear and hearing a slight rattle. You should only hear a rattle when you slightly tap on the phone. At no other time should it be audible.

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