Are the iPhone 5 buttons weak?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by merrickdrfc, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. merrickdrfc macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2011
    Purchased my iPhone 5 (32 GB, White) in early November last year, had absolutely no problems with it, loved using it. Came to about 2 weeks ago and the lock button started playing up, only slightly, but this worsened as it always does and it eventually became unusable around last weekend so I booked into a genius appointment on Monday.

    Went to the appointment, got my phone replaced no questions asked. And now I sit here 3 days later with a phone that I want to throw against a wall. This time, the home button has stopped working all together. This wasn't a gradual problem, worked fine one minute and then not at all after. I've got another genius appointment tomorrow for my mac, so going to see what they say tomorrow, will be asking for a refund if they do not replace it. Trekked to my nearest Apple Store 3 times the last week for genius appointments, really not amused!

    Has anybody else had any problems with the buttons on the iPhone 5 or have I just been unlucky? :(
  2. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    First time I hear of this for an iPhone 5, I had the same issues with my iPhone 4 in the past.
  3. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    I literally just got back from replacing my iPhone 5 for a broken wake/sleep button.
  4. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    I haven't had a problem with it, and I haven't heard of anyone else having trouble either.
  5. Minhimalism macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2012
    Two of the past iPhone 5s I've had prior to replacement had power/lock buttons that were sunk in. They literally were sunk in to the phone. Then the last one had a home button that would only press on the left side, the right side was jammed. On my fourth replacement now and the phone is flawless, finally. Really not what I expected a $750 phone to put me through. :mad:
  6. uscmba02 macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2012
    Got a new iPhone 5 today from apple. Lock button gradually quit working. First I had to push it at an angle to get it to lock, then it quit working completely.

    On the upside, Apple was great. Sent me another phone in 2 days.
  7. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Yea, I had to have mine warrantied.

    Seen a lot of problems with sleep/wake button on forums.
  8. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    If it makes you feel any better, this is a pretty common problem with smartphones in general. It's kinda ironic considering they have just one or two buttons to function, and yet somehow they screw that up anyway. xD

    The power and home buttons on smartphones should be extremely durable and made to outlast the phone, not some piece of junk. Sorry to hear you had to deal with that, and unfortunately nobody yet makes phones with good power buttons.
  9. zamudiovsky macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    I got mine replaced for the lock button too.
    It gradually stopped working until it just wouldn't do anything, got it replaced no questions asked!
  10. SomeDudeAsking macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010
    That's dishonest what you said. It's not a general smartphone issue, it is poor design and workmanship by Apple. It is common knowledge on this forum that the iPhone buttons fail very easily, something not seen commonly in other phones. There are lots of threads here that pop up every week about failed iPhone buttons.
  11. androcathr macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2013
    I haven't heard of anyone else having trouble either.[​IMG]
  12. itzAstonish macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2012
    Got one on Craigslist with the lock problem. Saw three people in line that day with the same problem, so it doesn't seem to be uncommon. Thankfully apple offers great customer service
  13. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    Hang out at xda or search google for broken power button. It happens a lot on all kinds of smartphones, which is really screwed up. I also agree it's unacceptable, and that was the tone of my post actually.
  14. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    Ignore him, this "Dude" takes every opportunity to trash Apple (and this is a problem for them as you indicated) and play up the competition even when they have the same problem. :rolleyes:
  15. tstathakis macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2012
    Atlanta, Ga
    OP I had the same issue, the power button just randomly started acting up. Like most said before, get a Genius appointment and get it switched out. I just did this yesterday and they swapped it no questions asked.
  16. bsmith4832 macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2010
    North East, USA
    Stumbled on this thread because just this morning my Sleep/Wake button started acting up.

    Worked 100% flawless since launch day, then randomly this morning if I press on the right side of the button, nothing happens. Left half of the button works fine.

    These are the times when I'm glad Apple is always pretty good with warranty issues.

    I've had Home button issues with multiple iP4's in the past... I'm not that worked up about it... they get used hard.
  17. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Same here, launch day phone, perfect condition, Sleep/Wake button has started not responding and is getting gradually worse.

    Funny how these threads have started to pop up now.

    Have a genius appointment on Monday. Saying that if the Sleep/Wake button fails every few months that means I'll keep getting a mint condition replacement every so often. Great for resale value IPHONE 5 ONLY 2MONTHS OLD!
  18. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    IPhone 5:

    Excellent buttons, even better phone.

    That's my experience :D
  19. merrickdrfc thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2011
    Just to say the genius took one look after hearing my story and replaced the phone, he did however tell me that they now repair home button issues on the 5.

    Got a flawless replacement with both buttons behaving up to now. Absolutely love the phone except for the issues I had.
  20. ElectroGeo macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2012
    My iPhone 5 started having this problem about a month ago. Got it on release day. Left side of button works fine and the middle to right doesn't work at all. Should I get it replaced or should I wait until they fix the issues with the refurbs too?

    Or have they fixed this hardware problem already on the newer models?
  21. greaneto macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2013
  22. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    Yea, I kinda like the idea of them fixing them. If you have an otherwise flawless phone, that's ok.. I dunno about the 5, but the 4 unscrewed apart. Does the 5?

    When my first Note 2's power button stopped working I REALLY wanted to just replace the button since the phone was great otherwise, but since it was so new I didn't want to do that...

    kinda wish I had now lol.

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