Rattling iPhone SE's lock/power buttons. An old flaw reinvented?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by maxap, Mar 31, 2016.

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Does the power button of your SE make rattling noise?

  1. Yes, it does.

    80 vote(s)
    60.2%
  2. No, it does not.

    27 vote(s)
    20.3%
  3. I have no idea and do not want to know it.

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    19.5%
  1. maxap macrumors 6502

    maxap

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    Hi guys,

    I follow the threads where all of us can share our experiences with ordering and receiving new iPhone SE's and I have noticed that some of you had mentioned the rattling power button.

    Is this really a problem with the SE? How was the power button on the 5S?
     
  2. Barrierfreeman macrumors regular

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    My 5S was fine, my SE has a rattle. If the phone is moved too much when shooting video it picks it up. Arranged a return, and going to reorder....obviously I now have a wait, but I am in no hurry.
     
  3. maxap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh no. I am sorry you have this issue. I was tempted to order the SE, but decided to wait and see what early adopters would say. I would certainly find this rattle quite annoying...

    Let's hope that only a small percentage of units is affected by this issue.
     
  4. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

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    Mine rattles, so did my 5S. I have the apple leather case on it which stops it rattling.. Not worth me sending it back over.
     
  5. Barrierfreeman macrumors regular

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    It's just one of those things. I seem to be a bit unlucky with Apple stuff of late. My 2015 Macbook pro, already has had to have a new display and logic board :eek:
     
  6. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    I don't remember my 5 power button rattling
     
  7. maxap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Opinions of 5 and 5S owners seem to be divided on this one: some say they have this issue, others have never heard about it and their power buttons don't make any sound. The 6/6S does not have this.

    It is certainly a pity that you get a rattling phone when you order a new SE. Imagine making a video while moving and you have this strange noise in it. Definitely, a no-go for me!

    What's wrong with Apple? Don't they learn from their own mistakes?
     
  8. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

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    My 6S Plus didn't have a rattle, but SE and 5S definitely do/did but like I said, the apple leather case stops it happening and I ALWAYS use apple leather cases.

    Not exactly a "fix" but it's good enough for me.
     
  9. maxap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am glad that it works for you, but I was planning to use my SE without a case (just a leather pouch) and this rattle would definitely be an issue for me. Is this Apple's strategy to make us buy their leather cases?
     
  10. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

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    Perfectly understandable, especially if you did video as well (another thing I don't use on my phone, I do take lots of photos though). It is definitely an issue, thought they may have fixed it since the 5S as they did with the newer phones.
     
  11. Retired Cat, Mar 31, 2016
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    Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    My iPhone 5 from early 2013 had a rattling power button, but it never bothered me.

    The refurb replacement iPhone 5 I received in January 2016 (original phone's battery was swelling up and the Genius said they'd do a swap for cost of replacement battery) also has a slight rattle in the power button.

    It's not an issue for me.
     
  12. maxap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have held an iPhone 5 in my hands that did not rattle at all. It seems that Apple had fixed this problem in their 6/6S series and reintroduced it in the SE. What a shame.
     
  13. kerrikins macrumors 65816

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    I had both the 5 and the 5S and I believe both rattled a bit. It's really not that noticeable unless you're holding the phone up to your ear listening for it, though, and it did not impact performance whatsoever. I consider it a non-issue.
     
  14. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    Agreed about it being a non issue. Never had a situation where it came up and of course it doesn't impact performance. This thread kind of reminds me of similar ones previously about the 6s home button 'click' noise being an emergency for some :rolleyes:

    Of course OCDers might plan on doing this all day...

    [​IMG]
     
  15. julescilib macrumors member

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    Are you guys planning to sue the poor Chinese people that assembled your phone...? sry not sry
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    I do not think that Apple guarantees that a button will not rattle if you shake your device.:p
     
  17. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    People proactively looking for issues.. Nothing new here folks
     
  18. ascender, Mar 31, 2016
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    ascender macrumors 68000

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    I noticed it straight away, i guess its just another feature of the classic design they've decided to carry over.

    BTW, not bothered at all about it!
     
  19. emilioestevez Suspended

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    My iPhone 5 and iPad mini 2 both had power buttons that slightly rattled.

    Not once in 4 years of ownership has that presented a functionality issue. Don't worry. Be happy.
     
  20. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    It's a metal button against a metal chassis. It's a design choice. Exchanges will only bring frustration.

    The buttons on my 6 rattle too. I also have a 6S that does not, I believe due to the added rubber seals.
     
  21. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    It is the camera, and it is normal. Pretty much all 5S' did this too.
     
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  23. iZac macrumors 68000

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    Of the two iPhone 5 models that i've had, both had the same little rattle in the top corner. Isn't the power button in my situation. Like you, I have to waft it like a fan right next to my ear to hear it.

    I can't think of any normal circumstance that I would ever have to perform that action to accidentally hear it. :p
     
  24. e93to macrumors 6502a

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    I actually took my 5S back for rattle around lock button. However, I was told it is the camera lens that makes the noise. And it is normal.
     
  25. Ternary macrumors regular

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    While shaking the camera does make a noise due to the autofocus, I'm pretty sure the original poster is actually mentioning the power button itself.

    That said, I see this as a non-problem, especially with a case on. In fact, dare I say it, the noise can possibly make the iPhone feel more premium because it assures you're holding on to metal, not plastic.
     

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