Does the iPhone 6 camera rattle?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Knapple, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. Knapple macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2014
    Hello guys.

    Got a little concerned about a rattling sond that occures when I tap my iPhone 6 on the back or on the top part of the screen. It seems to come from the camera.
    Is this some part of the camera optics which makes all iphone 6 rattle?
    Or is there some defect? It does not rattle when I shake the phone.

    It doesn't give much of a sense of quality when you hear the rattling sounds..

    So i thought i'd hear with you guys. Does your iPhone 6 rattle when you tap on it?
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    It's normal. Its been doing that since the first iPhone camera got Autofocus.
  3. LostMyiPhone macrumors 6502

    Dec 19, 2012
    every single iPhone that I've ever touched in my life has done this.

    I was just like you -- I was a novice at the time and I even called apple and they told me it wasn't normal and I should send my phone back (which I did) and they sent me one with -- shocker -- the same rattle.

    Now, every single one I've had since then (and I get a new one every year and usually several replacements for various things that happen) has done it to a varying degree.

    A non-issue.
  4. Knapple thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2014
    Thanks for the answer guys. Was calming.
    Didn't have this on my iPhone 4 which I had for 4 years until I got this one so I got a little worried ^^'
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    The focusing mechanism in the iPhone camera uses a voice coil mechanism. This is basically a coil suspended in a magnetic field. You put varying electricity through the coil to move the lens to a specific position.

    When the camera is unpowered, the lens is free to move in its path, as the coil isn't energized, holding it in place. This causes the rattle. It's perfectly okay, and isn't getting damaged as the lens is simply moving along the path it's designed to move in.
  6. Bahroo macrumors 68000

    Jul 21, 2012
    Almost every phone will rattle ever so slightly if you tap it by the camera area, it's the autofocus lens and coil that has to have a littttle tiny playing room for it to move and focus (obviously lol)

    But some phones exhibit it more then others, some of the previous iPhone's that I have had have had less or more of a rattle kind of sound but it doesn't bother me really, it's pretty minor and I know it is the camera autofocus that rattles, it needs too.
  7. shr631 macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2013
    Agree...the rattle seems normal. I will say it's far less noticeable on the 6+'s though. (This is not a "6+ is better than 6" thing at all...just reporting my first hand observations).
  8. PinteX macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2014
    My iPhone have the same "problem". I tried in 3 new iPhones 6 and they all make the rattle near the camera.

    If I have the iPhone in my desk and I move it to my ear, I can notice the rattle.

    When I shake the phone, in silence, the rattle noise is also noticeable.
  9. TruckdriverSean macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2009
    Texas, US
    Normal Not a defect. All small phone cameras with adjustable focus do this.

    A few weeks ago discussing this very topic a friend told me his phone didn't. Showed him his phone did in fact do it. Not an iPhone btw.
  10. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Normal, but oddly enough, it was quite noticeable with my 5 and only barely noticeable with my 6. Pretty common though.
  11. amoergosum macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    I purchased an iPhone 6 and it also has that rattle sound when you shake it/tap on the screen.
  12. saladiro macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2007
    New York
    HI, I believe all of you, but why is it when i call Apple, they have no clue as to what this rattling is tell me to take it in. I would think of all people they would have a clue (no disrespect to apple)
  13. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I couldn't hear anything rattle with my iPhone 6+ so is it a defective? :apple:
  14. saladiro, Apr 5, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2015

    saladiro macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2007
    New York
    I've read the 6+ doesn't rattle as much or none at all, not sure why it's only the 6 but the whole WWW seems to think the rattling is fine, BUT when I call apple they are completely clueless and tell me to make a genius apt.....

    something makes no sense here
  15. chambone macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2011
    My 4S did it, my 5S does it, my Z1c does it, Galaxys do it, HTCs do it, and other phones that use the same camera modules do it. Those Apple geniuses aren't really geniuses, but people trained to follow Apple's troubleshooting scripts and procedures. Never mind the folks that man the phones. Come to think of it, it all makes perfect sense :)
  16. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Most of my iPhones have had a slight rattle but am unable to hear any noise from my 6+. Guess some rattle more than others. Not a defect.
  17. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    My first iPhone, a 4s, had a rattle and I thought the same thing at first. After researching it and a trip to the Apple Store I found its completely normal. My 6 does it as does my wife's 5s. I've used Android phones and they do it as well. While it might be more pronounced on specific phones, it's completely normal.
  18. Luis G. macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2015
    All my phones have rattled when tapped behind near the camera.
    Iphone 6, Note 4, LG G3, Note 3, S4, HTC one m7, Lumia 920, Iphone 4/4S, I forget what others.

    I've handled or serviced quite a few more phones than this.
  19. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    To be honest, while I used to had a distinctive rattling sound from both my iPhone 5 and 5S (both worked flawlessly, and still working today), I can't hear the same sound on my iPhone 6.
  20. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Was that not the power button? I had the rattling on both the 5 and 5S
  21. LadyX macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
    Does the iPhone 6 camera rattle?

    When I shake my iPhone 6 I do hear a rattling sound.
  22. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    I dont really know. I had the same issue on mine.
  23. ChinaRye macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    Yeah, when I first heard the rattle ages ago with one of the earlier iPhone models I was concerned. But now I know it is normal, otherwise I would have been obsessively shaking it all the time to see if it miracualously fixed itself.
  24. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Can't hear a thing on my 6+ but when I shake my head I can hear a few things rattling around...... :cool:
  25. bigdaddy223 macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2014

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