Something loose in my iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by s8film40, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. s8film40 macrumors 6502

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    Just got my iPhone 4, and it's great. Been trying lots of things out and came across an app that updated when shaking. When I shook the phone I could clearly hear something rattle inside. I kept shaking it to see if I could figure out what was loose checked all the buttons and didn't seem to be them. Then I noticed after a little shaking it said "NO SIM" so I thought this must be it. I took the sim card out and shook again and it still rattled so it doesn't seem to be the sim. Everything seems to be working fine. I set up a Genius appointment for Tuesday to see if they know what it is if it will be an issue. Anyone else seen this?
     
  2. s8film40 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So Iv'e realized the only hardware I haven't tested is the gyro. Is there a way or an app (free) that I can use to determine if my gyro is working correctly? Maybe that is whats loose?
     
  3. ColeHarris macrumors regular

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    [MERGED] The 'rattling sound inside iP4' thread

    So I've been loving my iPhone 4 haven't had any problems with it until just recently. I picked it up and noticed a rattling sound inside the phone as if a small part was loose. I looked the issue up but couldn't seem to find a solid answer, some people say it's normal some say to return the phone. All I know is it's annoying and ive never had a phone do that that before. So should I return it or is this just normal, or can it easily be fixed? Thanks in advance!:rolleyes:
     
  4. Abarth1200 macrumors regular

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    I just noticed the same little rattle... thanks!

    Its sounds like a HDD needle rattling (are iphones are using SSD now)
     
  5. Ron21 macrumors 6502a

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    it's probably the accelerometer or gyroscope, nothing to worry about.
     
  6. pullfocus macrumors 65816

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  7. master-ceo macrumors 65816

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    since the 1st gen
     
  8. iPadztr macrumors 6502

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    Im glad I'm not the only one who had experience this...
     
  9. ColeHarris macrumors regular

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    Hewww thanks guys I was having a panic attack there for a sec, glad it's not just my iPhone! Still it's rather annoying...
     
  10. ironbutterflies macrumors newbie

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    Does your phone make a rattling sound? - Poll

    If you own an iPhone 4 (and have not dropped it or opened or anything of the sort yet), can you please do me a favor and go somewhere quiet, put the top of the phone next to your ear....and shake it.

    Tell me your results.

    I hear a small rattling sound, not sure if its a loose part inside or if its part of some gyroscope. I discovered this last night when I simply shook my iPhone to shuffle a song. I have also read others on here who may have had this problem.


    Thanks everyone !
     
  11. Tino04 macrumors member

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    It's the gyro or accelerometer
     
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  13. mattydee87 macrumors regular

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    Are you sure? Mine doesn't make a peep
     
  14. alejovh1 macrumors regular

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    yep, it's the power button. It doesn't look loose, just something on the inside
     
  15. ironbutterflies macrumors newbie

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    yes it sounds like its coming from that exact area
     
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  17. alejovh1 macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure it's a problem, maybe a trip to the genius bar just to be safe?
     
  18. Tino04 macrumors member

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    :eek:

    Maybe I'm wrong, it's happened before :)

    I don't mind, it's not going to annoy me to be honest
     
  19. elephunkman macrumors 65816

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    I experience the problem. But nothing to get worried over.
     
  20. s8film40 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It is definitely not the button making the noise. My genius appointment is in a few hours. We'll see what they say.
     
  21. sparkomatic macrumors 6502a

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    Mine doesn't make noise when I shake it. I have noticed that when I place it on a table, I think the silent switch makes a small little noise but it's nothing I'd worry about.
     
  22. btownguy macrumors 6502a

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    It's the autofocus in the camera. It's designed that way. Same thread came up with the 3GS was released. Nothing to see here, move along.
     
  23. s8film40 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Then why does it only do this with a few iPhones? I have tried with others and it doesn't do it.
     
  24. Bosep macrumors regular

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    Never owned a phone with camera before?

    It's the autofocus that's making the rattling sound, same on all af cellphone cameras ;)


    It's also why you experience the sound coming from the "standby button".
     
  25. Storm Shadow macrumors regular

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    Ha, I would love to see how Jonny I've could fit a mechanical gyro in the iPhone 4!!

    The gyro is a solid-state chip like those used in a Segway or any modern aircraft so there is no more chance of that being loose or rattling than any other piece of silicone in the iPhone.
     

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