Sounds like something loose in iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by doobs, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. doobs macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2008
    When I very gently tap my iPhone, it sounds like there is something loose in it. The sound seems to come from the upper part of the phone near the earpiece. I am wondering if anyone else has this issue or any suggestions about what it might be. Thanks...
  2. Jaredcwood macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    I have been having this issues too with my white 32gb 3gs Sounds like it could be the sleep/wake button or the sim card slot.
  3. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Wirelessly posted (iPod touch 32GB: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

    It's probably the focussing mechanism for the camera...
  4. doobs thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2008
    if so, is this noise something that occurs with all iPhone 3GS's?
  5. tpk2002 macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
    I'm having the same problem. 32 gig black.

    This is how I heard mine...I put mine on a paper pad on a table. I raised the top half of the phone a half inch off the table (with the bottom half still on the table), and droped it on a paper pad.

    not sure where exactly it is coming from, but it is kind of unnerving.
  6. haydn! macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    I've been having the same problem! However, I don't think it is actually a problem, more a change in design.

    The rattling is caused by the mute button, when in the silent position. It should be less noticeable when in the 'normal' position. The button has apparently been made more flexible on the new 3G S models to reduce the risk of it breaking/straining under repeated use. I believe damaged buttons were quite common on the 3G?

    Having seen this explanation on several sites, including the support section on I'm no longer concerned about my iPhones' little rattle :)
  7. doobs thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2008
    Yeah, you are probably correct. It does sound like it is coming from the camera lens.
  8. peadub macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2009
    I've got this problem too! Top area only and less noticeable in the 'Ring' position. If I hold that switch and shake it the rattling isnt there so I is definitely the source.

    These things generally drive me nuts but having heard(and read) about switches that were too stiff in previous Iphones, it does make sense that a flexible switch would result in some rattling. Annoying but like having a 'special' child, it's still your baby - with all its little quirks and kinks. It's not time to flip the life support switch to 'off'.

  9. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    Can we pleeeease sticky this? It's almost as ridiculous as the "omg! One of my iPhone's speakers isn't working!" :rolleyes:

    It's the auto focus component in your camera. Forever.
  10. macgroober macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2009
    yes. same here. when i put it down on a table it sounds like something is loose - like a switch or button is loose up top near the ear hole.. very annoying. 3gs 16gb. had it only a week so far..

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