The one design flaw of the iPhone 5/5S

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  1. Chris092881 macrumors 6502

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    Lint getting into the earpiece. I don't know about you, but I keep my phone in my pocket all day. Inevitably lint and other small particles tend to get inside the earpiece opening and sticks to the metal/fabric screen. I'm not that OCD, but it's much more noticeable on the 5 than it was on the silver mesh of my 4S. I'd like to see Apple fix this with future iPhone releases.
     
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    I noticed this too. On the slate 5 I had and the Space Grey 5s. It's because the mesh is now black.

    Is this a problem on the white faced 5 & 5s?
     
  4. lunaoso macrumors 65816

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    At least they changed the speaker grill. The grill on the 4/4S was a dust magnet.
     
  5. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000

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    Also had this issue on the iPhone 4, but it's more noticeable on the 5/5S. I now use the vacuum cleaner with an attachment to suck out all the dust/lint from the earpiece, the speaker and microphone vents and the 3.5mm jack as well as the keyboard and all ports/vents on my MBP (yes, I'm that obsessive p).
     
  6. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Still the vacuum hose in your pocket, DONE. U may like it too. :D
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Yes, it's way more noticeable on the slate 5 and much worse than the 4/4S. Just learn to ignore it.
     
  8. Chris092881 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But I don't want to tear or displace the mesh. If that's even possible?
     
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    It's not possible unless you REALLY work at it, because a typical household vacuum attachment is so much bigger than the iphone's orifices.
     
  10. Chris092881 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the tip. I appreciate it.
     
  11. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000

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    That won't happen unless you're jabbing and hitting the mesh and you have a really tiny attachment to even touch the mesh. :p It's made of metal/plastic and not fabric, so it won't tear and it's pretty secure so it won't displace.

    If you have one available, just use a simple edge-cleaning attachment on your vacuum hose to concentrate the suction and cover some of the area with your hands to build even more suction/concentration and suck away.
     
  12. Chris092881 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good tip. Thanks for the clarification on the materials used.
     
  13. DGPMaluco macrumors regular

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    I always put my phone with the power button first in the pocket, leaving the lightning port and the jack up!

    And the screen always goes toward my leg! So if I hit something I won't break the screen
     
  14. Chris092881 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Same here.
     
  15. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    The advantage of this is the thumb can grab the home button and it's fingerprint-unlocked by the time you take it out of the pocket.
     
  16. DGPMaluco macrumors regular

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    Nice trick! Never thought of that!
     
  17. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Make sure you program the bottom part of the thumb pad. It's more secure to press and take it out of the pocket using the middle to bottom of the thumb.
     
  18. john500y2k macrumors member

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    Great idea, haven't thought of that one despite always having the phone in that exact position always in my pocket.

    Back to the OP. I completely agree and have noticed the same thing happening. Some pockets more lint filled than others so are worse offenders.

    What I've found myself doing is just pressing lips up to earpiece and sucking it out every once in a while. Might look a little odd but it does the trick.
     
  19. AbSoluTc macrumors 68040

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    A toothbrush will clean it right up. I do this occasionally when I start to see dust in there.

    I would not blow into it (mouth-moisture), or used canned air (will force it deeper).

    A toothbrush is quick, simple and effective.
     
  20. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    Dude, clean out your pockets. :)
     

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