Loose play in power button, normal?

BlueMoonForever

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I've had my iPhone 5 for about 6 months now, its perfect. My dad just got one and the power button on it is loose, wiggles. This results in a rattling noise. If you place your finger over the button and hold it down slightly, there is no such noise. I can wiggle the button with my finger gently. On mine, the button is very firm, which results in NO rattling.

I've also noticed this on a friend's iPhone 5. So my question is, is it suppose to be slightly loose or very snug? My dad said he can careless, but I am rather curious?

Thanks
 

thegrants82

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Jun 15, 2013
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Right here
I've had my iPhone 5 for about 6 months now, its perfect. My dad just got one and the power button on it is loose, wiggles. This results in a rattling noise. If you place your finger over the button and hold it down slightly, there is no such noise. I can wiggle the button with my finger gently. On mine, the button is very firm, which results in NO rattling.

I've also noticed this on a friend's iPhone 5. So my question is, is it suppose to be slightly loose or very snug? My dad said he can careless, but I am rather curious?

Thanks
Should be snug
 

KeanosMagicHat

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May 18, 2012
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If you search the web you will find quite a few reports of power buttons failing on the 4, 4S & 5.

In fact, there's a lawsuit currently progressing about the issue.

Unfortunately my 4S button is on the way out.
 

MattMJB0188

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Dec 28, 2009
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If you search the web you will find quite a few reports of power buttons failing on the 4, 4S & 5.

In fact, there's a lawsuit currently progressing about the issue.

Unfortunately my 4S button is on the way out.
He's not referring to buttons that go bad over time, he is referring to out of the box iPhone 5's with loose power buttons.
 

KeanosMagicHat

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He's not referring to buttons that go bad over time, he is referring to out of the box iPhone 5's with loose power buttons.
My apologies, I scan read it (ineffectively) and saw, "6 months".

If it doesn't feel right and it's brand new, I'd get it swapped.
 

dictoresno

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Apr 30, 2012
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my new replacement device from a few months ago also has a loose button. its not too bad, but teeters on the actual button underneath. it doesnt effect my use of the button yet, but if/when it does ill bring it back.
 

iAndyPham

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Jun 13, 2013
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My 4, 4S and 5 black had that problem. Even the power button jiggle too, but I couldn't care less. My curren 5 white is perfect out of the box.

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My 4, 4S and 5 black had that problem. Volume buttons jiggle too, but I couldn't care less. My current 5 white is perfect out of the box.
 

Namji

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Aug 13, 2010
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I am not sure on the iphone 5 but on some of the 4 and 4S if you shake the phone you will hear the power button shake...
 

Agent-P

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Back when I got my 4S it had a loose power button. But I got it swapped out before leaving the store. The replacement was fine and still is.