Rattle noise in new 4S

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  1. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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    I did some research and read that the iPhone 4 had a rattle noise. Some people said that it was the on/off lock button and others said that it was the camera lens. I have noticed this noise with my new 4S. I hear it when I set it down on a table or when I tap on the back of the phone. I upgraded from a 3GS so I am a bit unfamiliar with what the i4 did. Does anybody else hear this rattle noise form their 4S? I'm thinking about making a appointment with the Genius Bar.
     
  2. BFG86 macrumors 6502

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    Yes I have it. Went to the other store the other day and they offered a swap but I was unprepared to do that. They didn't know what it was and was hard to compare it to other phones cause it was so loud in that store. If they all do it to some degree probably isn't worth it to swap.
     
  3. Irock619 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the reply! Hmmm, I may have to make a trip to the apple store and check out the other phones. After doing some research it seems pretty normal. I just don't know the culprit.
     
  4. BFG86 macrumors 6502

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    For me it's the camera which I guess is supposed to be "normal" but perhaps mine is looser than others since it can be quite annoying some times.
     
  5. ewils19 macrumors 6502

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    I have that noise too. I only get it when I tap on the back of the phone near the top so it seems like its probably the camera.
    I did research on it too and it seems like a pretty common thing so I don't think its anything to worry about.
    Out of curiosity, do you have a case on yours?
     
  6. Irock619 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I am currently using a cheap silicone case from Walmart until my Otter Box comes in the mail. When the defender case is on I doubt the rattle noise will be noticeable.
     
  7. ewils19 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I bet the otterbox will help with it. I don't have a case yet because the one I want from Speck is out of stock. I'm hoping once I get that it becomes less noticeable. If not, I may take it into the Apple store and ask to switch it out.
     
  8. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    Mine rattles when I tap the camera. I think this is just a mechanism inside it and it's not a problem.
     
  9. BigRingIt macrumors member

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    I have the same noise with my white iphone 4s 64gb. My black iphone 4 did not have this noise.

    I asked a friend who just got a white 4s 16gb and he said he has the noise too, but his white iphone 4 also had that noise so he didn't think it was anything out of the ordinary.

    I wonder if this noise issue is with white iphones only. Do you guys have the white one?
     
  10. ewils19 macrumors 6502

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    I have a black 16GB
     
  11. Irock619 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No I have the black 16 gig
     
  12. Patriot24 macrumors 68030

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    I have it as well. I assumed it is either the camera, gyro, or vibrator. Doesn't really bother me.
     
  13. Davewithak macrumors regular

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    Mine does it, too. It scared me a little at first D:

    I have a black 16GB 4S.
     
  14. EmbraceTheOne macrumors 6502a

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    I've determined it's my camera lens. I tapped on the black, Heard the rattle.
    Then I held the camera, Tapped, Didn't hear anything.

    I don't really care. It's not that big of a deal to me.
     
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    My 3GS does this. It's probably the accelerometer or something.
     
  16. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    Not sure what to think. The 4S does it, the 4 here doesn't.
     
  17. Irock619 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Since everybody's does this I am not going to worry about it. I am going to throw it into my defender case and forget about it.
     
  18. ohio.emt macrumors 6502a

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    Both my white 4s and black 4 have the rattle. I've been using the 4 since the day it came out and haven't had any problems with it.
     
  19. hollowplayer macrumors regular

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    two 4s blacks both rattle. camera len no biggie
     
  20. slffl macrumors 65816

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    It's the sleep button. Has done it since first iPhone.
     
  21. Bhazza macrumors newbie

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    I too have this rattle. It's pretty loud when lightly tapping or putting the phone on a desk. Anyway, after much research, I can confirm mine is the camera autofocus. A good way to test is this:

    1) Open the camera app and focus on something in the distance.
    2) Tap the back of the phone near the camera - rattles, right?
    3) Hold the phone up pretty close to something and let it focus.
    4) Tap the phone again - the rattle is gone/quieter?

    That's the case for me anyway. I'd be keen to hear other peoples results from doing the above. If yours is different, it seems loose buttons can also cause a rattle.

    The rattle doesn't sounds great, but it seems like it's normal. Some people don't have/can't hear the rattle - they're either not as OCD as me, or their autofocus is slightly tighter fitting. I guess it's all to do with manufacturing tolerances.

    You can try your luck and try and get a replacement, but seems like it's 50/50 as to whether the phone will rattle. Plus, I'm sure us OCD folk will always find a problem - dead pixels, tinting, loose buttons.

    Hope this helps anyway.

    PS - I also took mine to the apple store at first, and was told it was the vibrate motor. I'm surprised how many people get told this. Seems that Apple could do the above test and reassure customers. Perhaps the vibrate motor is easier for people to understand. Also hear a lot of "it's the accelerometer/gyro/compass". This is nonsense, as these are solid state (microscopic) devices.

    PPS - This also strikes me as something that could be solved by a firmware update. If you have it so the camera autofocus is set to maximum (as if it's focused on something close) while not in use, it wouldn't rattle. I guess it'd use more battery powering the autofocus (peizoelectric) constantly. Might be worth it to avoid thousands of people worrying about their rattling phones. Must cost Apple a fair bit in manpower and phone swaps though.
     
  22. Irock619 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the tip. I just got back from AT&T and the apple store. I tested a total of 7 phones and they all did the same thing. I am not worried anymore about it. My camera took awesome video today. This rattle is not affecting the operation of the phone. Besides, once I get my Otter Box defender I won't notice it anymore.
     
  23. TonyC28 macrumors 65816

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    Mine rattles pretty loudly when it's on vibrate. But for me the rattle is coming from the lower right corner of the phone. If I squeeze it or push on the metal band that will stop it. Anyone else have the rattle in that area?
     
  24. troop231 macrumors 603

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  25. orange42 macrumors 6502a

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    I do. It bothers me. Every time I send or get a text message at the end of the tone I hear a little rattle noise.
     

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