iPad Rattling Noise...Accelerometer?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by klmckenzie03, May 1, 2010.

  1. klmckenzie03 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008

    I received my shiny new 16GB iPad 3G yesterday and finally had the time to open it this afternoon. The first thing I noticed when taking it out of the box is that if you jostle or move it around at all it makes a noticeable rattling noise. At first I thought perhaps it was the SIM card tray not being seated correctly so I totally removed the tray and SIM card. The rattle is still there! It was my understanding that accelerometers present on all iDevices were electronic and will make no physical noise. Can anyone else verify this information? Does anyone else have this rattling noise? If so please list your mode i.e. WiFi or WiFi + 3G. If not, it sounds like I will be calling AppleCare or visiting the nearest store to swap this bad boy out!

    Thanks in advance!
  2. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
  3. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    It should not be making any noise. Return it.

    I have the 64GB 3G.
  4. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    Go swap it, sounds like Fedex dropped it or something. There should be absolutely no noise in any iPad.
  5. klmckenzie03 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008
    I was afraid of this. Thank you for confirming my initial impression. Everything else seems to be working ok. I figure at the very least I have now had a test run and can say I am very impressed with this device. I am, however growing a little tired of Apple's piss poor quality controls as of late. I have a yellow coated iMac on my desk with an RMA waiting to be boxed and sent back to Apple. Now it looks like I will be taking my iPad back for replacement. A Mac mini is scheduled to be arriving Monday to replace this yellow iMac. Hoping and praying there is nothing wrong with it!
  6. Fonzmeister macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2010
    Portugal - Lisbon
  7. klmckenzie03 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Well after finally getting a chance to go to the Apple store I will tell you my customer service experience with the Genius was a pleasant one. He took my iPad into the back room where it was quieter and said he definitely heard a rattle. Like my first instinct, he also took the SIM tray out to verify it was not that. Handed me a new white box iPad and I was on my way. Now that I am home I have noticed that this one makes the very same rattling noise as the other one. It seems pretty unlikely that I would have gotten two damaged units in a row. Are you guys sure that yours isn't making this noise? At this point I am about ready to write it off as normal. I will be near another Apple store this weekend though so I am considering taking it with me again and possibly getting another replacement.

    This noise in question is best heard if you hold the iPad in portrait mode with one hand and flick it back and forth. The noise seems to be heard best from the back side and is originating from the area between the "iPad" and size designation and the dock connector. Any help would be appreciated!
  8. harry*333 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    take it back again, or if you wanted to be daring try taking it apart and seeing if there's a little piece of something that just fell in during assembly
  9. ARH1956 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2007
    Neither of mine make any noise when shaken in this manner, WiFi only or 3g.
  10. steel magnolia macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2008
    South Florida/ N.C.
    No, sorry, I can't hear any rattle on mine at all. I have the 64 G wifi, but I haven't ever heard an iPad rattle and I have seen and handled several. I would take it back and not leave the store until I checked for the "rattle"! Good luck to you,hope you get it resolved soon.

  11. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    There must be a joke here somewhere that I am missing! :D
  12. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    Return that thing immediately. Your iPad should not make any noises.
  13. Tchnlgskrng macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2010
    Same problem help

    My iPad 3G makes this same noise although not loud, you would only notice it in a silent room. I have emailed a manager at apple as there were problems with my order and he gave me his email, but I have not heard back. Did you try going to the apple store again? Did they say what was causing the noise? It is quite concerning as I don't have to have something go wrong in two years because a part gets loose/worn out from rattling.
  14. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    There is no fan in the iPad :p
  15. NextTuesday macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Cork, Ireland
    Yup! Same problem here on my 64GB WiFi+3G!

    Rattling seems to be on all 4 corners. iPad in full working condition, only time it could have been dropped was when it shipped from LA to Cork, Ireland - also means I'm a little SOL on getting it repaired...
  16. Cagle macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    16gb 3g

    Same here!

    Sounds like a tiny grain knocking about inside when i shake the ipad in a fan-like motion.

    Just great. Thanks for posting though, otherwise I probably would have dismissed it.
  17. macuserx86 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2006
    That's just the sound of magic and innovation, no need to worry.
  18. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Accelerometer is a chip, not like a ball that's bouncing around...

  19. NextTuesday macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Cork, Ireland
    Has anyone posted on the forums or talked to Apple?
  20. Cagle macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    took it back and they had a shake in the back room and agreed. offered me the chance to get it fixed by the team there or wait for a new one to come in. i was under the impression they had a supply of new ones in stock all the time, in case of returned iPads. oh well, back on the reserve list I go!
  21. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    16GB launch day Wifi iPad here with no rattling of any kind - the little bugger doesn't make any sound no matter how violently I shake it :)
  22. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    Isn't AppleCare worldwide?
    Once the iPad is available in Ireland, couldn't you get it repaired there?
  23. Mpaige2 macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2010
  24. Macpowered macrumors member


    Feb 4, 2009
    There is no fan in the iPad...
  25. Lartymarf macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2007
    I need to stay away from this forum cuz all of you are just crazy.

    I shoke my 64gig 3G and yes I hear it too. But this type of rattling is
    inperceptable from regular usage. But, if you hold it nest to your year
    and place your ear near the backside apple logo and shake it violently yes
    you will hear something.. must like how one of the posters described as
    a grain knocking against something.. but only when you shake it violently
    and put your ear up against it. And you can only recreate this sound if
    you use both hands and shake rapidly since the ipad has a decent heft.
    If you only hold it using one hand, you can't hear anything really. There is
    also no physical cluncking that you can feel through your hands when you
    shake it.

    You crazy bunch of people.. stop picking problems.

    Although I did check my screen for light leaks and dead/stuck pixels.
    I received a perfect screen and THAT is a complete blessing just by itself.

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