Rattling Noise by Shaking the iPhone 3G

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  1. toss002 macrumors regular

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    Does this happen to your iPhone 3G?

    When I shake my phone w/ a little force, I can hear a rattling noise.

    With my first iPhone V1, it doesn't make the noise.
     
  2. phildexter macrumors member

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    Yeah i've noticed this on my 3G as well as my first gen iphone. My original i had replaced as the home button felt loose, although that wasn't what was causing the rattle. My 3G also rattles, and rattles horribly when on vibrate. If yours doesn't when on vibrate and your home button seems solid, then i seriously wouldn't worry about it, my previous ipods had a slight rattle to them when i shook them too.
     
  3. alexmarchuk macrumors 6502a

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    Return your phone to the Genius bar NOW! They will replace it for free!
     
  4. toss002 thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. Clyde099 macrumors regular

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    My phone rattles when vibrating only when the phone is upright.
    It does not rattle [when vibrating] when laying on a flat surface or when upside down.

    Will take it to the apple store next week.

    Any one else have this issue? Am I crazy?
     
  6. PoitNarf macrumors 65816

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    I just noticed it on my 3G last night. Doesn't occur all the time and it hasn't happened since last night so I'm not all that concerned about it yet.
     
  7. Blackforge macrumors 6502

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    You guys might be hearing the accelerometer. If you've ever shaken a Wii Remote or have a Logitech Harmony you can hear a similar rattle.
     
  8. Clyde099 macrumors regular

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    My first generation iPhone didn't sound/feel this way.
    I compared it to a co-worker's first generation iPhone and it didn't sound/feel the same at all.
     
  9. greenmymac macrumors 6502a

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    Mine is doing the same thing too. I wonder If apple will just replace it?
     
  10. thejake0 macrumors newbie

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    My 16gb black had the "rattle when vibrating, when vertical" problem. Yesterday, I replaced mine at my local Apple store. The Mac genius was nice enough to take the phone in back to listen for the rattle. I had some fit & finish issues that were nice to get rid of as well.

    Very smooth transition all-around - Apple is earning some serious points with me...
     
  11. Oxxy macrumors newbie

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    Same problem here.
    I wonder if its worth the hassle of exchanging it and getting another screen protector ect.
     
  12. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a

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    Ooo...is this a prevalent problem?
    I am still waiting on mine.

    I'm a little worried now. :(
     
  13. megax macrumors member

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    was it a loud rattle or not very loud, i think i have the same problem cause when it vibrates it sounds nothing like my old iPhone
     
  14. greenmymac macrumors 6502a

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    I went to apple and they said it is part of the sim tray that is making that noise
     
  15. megax macrumors member

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    Him so its nothing serious , ill live with it then cause the rest of my phone is perfect dont wanna put it up to chance.
     
  16. toss002 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't think it's the sim tray at all.

    I tested by taking out the sim tray, still it makes the rattling noise (not that loud) when shaken from side to side with a little force.

    I wanted to return but decided not to, because my phone works fine and no other problem with it.
     
  17. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a

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    Aside from it being annoying now, because you know.

    What situations would you shake your phone in such a way, other than to make sure it didn't make the noise?
     
  18. greenmymac macrumors 6502a

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    I should have been more clear sorry... he said it is the Sim tray mechanism that ejects the sim tray that rattles like that
     
  19. sibruk macrumors 6502a

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  20. Ryan.Fork macrumors member

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    You took out the sim tray?! :confused: The actual metal part that holds the sim card in?

    I haven't been able to find an iPhone 3G around here yet so I can't say anything as to the iPhones but the sim tray on my temp Moto Q9h makes a rattling noise when I shake it, so that leads me to believe that its the sim tray in the iPhone as well.
     
  21. showtime macrumors 6502

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    isn't it the accelerometer? The first generation iphones made sounds when you shook it. Try shaking the display iphones at the apple store and see if they make the same sounds.
     
  22. toss002 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes. It looks like this, though this is not my phone nor a 3G, but it's still the same (got it from a website):

    [​IMG]
     
  23. Ryan.Fork macrumors member

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    Oh snap! lol I guess I was wrong about that thought :p Nevermind then, forget my theory :D
     
  24. toss002 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I read somewhere (in this forum or another) that the accelerometer is chip, and it's not a mechanism that has something rolling around inside the phone.

    EDIT: I found this, it shows where the accelerometer chip is located.
    [​IMG]
     
  25. Sonicjay macrumors 6502a

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    Mine rattles a little bit, but it's the metal silent/ringer switch sliding around slightly in the plastic backplate.
     

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