iPhone SE puts my MacBook 5,2 to sleep

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  1. WalnutSpice Suspended

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    I recently finally upgraded my old iPhone 3Gs to a new SE. I noticed something weird with it almost immediately. I have an early 2009 MacBook and when I set my iPhone on the lower left side on the keyboard, my MacBook goes into sleep mode. If anyone wants to see this I can get it on video and put it on YouTube. Does anyone else have this issue? The only thing I can think of that would cause this is some sort of radio interference.
     
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    Hmm, the only thing I can think of would be something magnetic putting it to sleep. That's normally what would cause it as it's the magnetic catch that tells the machine to go to sleep.

    But to the best of my knowledge, the iPhone SE isn't brandishing a magnet. Do you have a case on it? Does the issue occur when charging, on battery, or both?

    Hope to speak with you soon.
     
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    It happens with both, and no case. Also on these MacBooks the sensor to see if its closed is on the other side. I also had a friend attempt this, he used his MacBook 5,1 and an iPhone 3Gs and still the same thing
     
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    Wait, so your friend has the same issue with it going to sleep on his MacBook & iPhone 3GS?
     
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    Yeah, with and even with an older model iPhone and an older model 2008 MacBook
     
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    Hmmm... very odd...

    The only thing I can think of, off the top of my head -- in terms of consistency between those two models -- is that the battery pins are around that side and may correspond to the placement of the phone. But then they're on the bottom, not exactly touching the top casing. And the older 2008 MacBooks aren't even metal; they're plastic.
     
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    I started thinking the same thing with the battery pins. Definitely a weird problem
     
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    Sorry I don't have any other ideas! Well, beyond putting the phone on the right-hand side rather than the left :D
     
  9. MC6800 macrumors 6502

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    Fun with speaker magnets! If you place a staple on the back of an iPhone SE it will stick opposite the ear speaker near the camera or the speaker at the bottom. These are obviously switching on the MacBook's lid hall-effect sensor. Oddly enough, a staple can also stick to the MacBook's lid where it aligns with the sensor.
     
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    The thing with these MacBooks though, the sensor is on the right side. This only happens on the left side
     
  11. geachy92 macrumors regular

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    My MacBook Pro 2010 does the exact same thing with my 6S+. Definitely something to do with magnets in the lower left hand corner of the laptop getting triggered by something in the phone.
     
  12. MC6800 macrumors 6502

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    Are you sure about that? Easy to test if you have a another magnet handy.
     
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    I tested this with my 2015 MacBook. If I hold a magnet at the lower left side of the keyboard, it goes to sleep. So nothing abnormal, the magnet at the left side of the screen puts the MacBook to sleep when the lid is closed. And so does the magnet (speaker) of the iPhone. Has nothing to do with the battery or radio interference.

    At the upper left side of the screen is another magnet, probably to keep the lid closed.
     

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