5th Gen iPod touch - components rattling?

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  1. Project538 macrumors regular

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    I noticed something weird today with my 5th gen iPod touch. When I tap the back of the device below the camera lens, it sounds like something is rattling around inside. Is it possible I have a loose component or something? Would everyone else here who has a 5th gen do me a favor and check to see if yours does this? I don't think this is normal... I haven't noticed any problems with anything (the camera works fine and no other functions seem to have been impaired), but if this is some sort of defect I want to know so I can get it taken care of and possibly replaced. I'll probably head over to the Apple Store tomorrow night and see what they can do for me; in the meantime, could anyone here offer up some suggestions as to what might be going on?
     
  2. Rad-o macrumors member

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    This is found in the iPhone too . Go to camera app and tap screen to focus . Still keeping it open , see if there is still rattling . If not it is the focus lens or something . I read somewhere that it is . Lets wait for other ipod owners to reply
     
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    Tried that, and it didn't stop the rattling. Is the focus lens actually a moving part? Just to note, if there's a loose component it can't be that loose. Shaking the iPod does not produce a rattling sound. Only tapping it does. Not sure what this means...
     
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  5. Project538 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good to know I'm not alone. I think I'll head into the Apple Store tonight and try tapping the backs of the in-store demo units. Maybe the rattling is "normal" behavior, but I'd like to find out for sure.
     
  6. GoodBoy macrumors 6502

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    No need to. It's the camera's autofocus mechanism. All iPhones cameras rattles it was with the iPhone 4, then 4S, and now 5. iPod touch 5 is no exception. It's perfectly normal, but I understand it might be a little scary for someone who doesn't know what's going on;)
     
  7. Project538 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I did a little poking around online and it has happened on a bunch of previous iPhones. I'm much less worried now. I just wanted to be 100% certain I didn't get a defective product is all. Thanks for clearing things up :)
     
  8. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816

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    I'm glad you posted about this. Mine rattles and I was thinking of exchanging it. Thank you
     
  9. Project538 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was thinking of exchanging too, but if its normal behavior for the camera components to rattle a bit then I suppose an exchange wouldn't really do any good. Presumably any replacement unit would do the same thing.
     
  10. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Mine rattles too

    i hear a rattle when i shake it and when it's very quiet.
     
  11. TortillaChip macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    Thank you so much! I have this EXACT problem with my new :apple: iPod touch. I bought it from Best Buy not even a month ago. It was like it when I opened it. Does anyone know how to fix this issue? I NEED answers SOON.
     
  12. Ffosse macrumors 6502a

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    It's not broken, it's normal behaviour - all iPod Touch 5th gen. rattle, therefore there is nothing to fix.
     
  13. viperGTS macrumors 65816

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    Happens on my iPhone 4S. Nothing to worry about. :)
     
  14. salas2324 macrumors member

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    Mines doesn't lol
     
  15. Ffosse macrumors 6502a

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    They all do if you tap on the back near the top of them.
     
  16. xcodeaddict macrumors 6502a

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    Do you realise how an auto-focus camera works? The lense elements move in and out, and once the focal point is reached, SNAP! Photo taken :)

    So, in short, the "rattling" is one of the lense elements held in loose suspension within the mechanism, just the same as CD/DVD player lenses are held in fragile suspension - they are actuated with electromagnet + magnet mechanisms, so as the current through the coil increases, the repulsion against the permanent magnet increases, and the lense element(s) move :)
     
  17. salas2324 macrumors member

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    You're right! Lol never noticed.
     

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