iPhone 5s sound when shaking

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When I shake my iPhone 5s (not with any force), there is a noticeable sound, almost as if something is loose inside. I'm not sure if it's normal, since I've only got one iPhone 5s on hand. Is anyone else experiencing the same? It's definitely coming from in or around the home button.

I compared to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c, both pin quiet when shaking.
 

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Crap on a stick. Looks like it's return city for me. Oh well, it's not impeding my ability to review the thing.
 

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You don't need to return it. There are moving parts in the phone and it isn't uncommon to hear some rattling when shaking it. My iPhone 4 rattled when I shook it. It functioned perfectly fine so I didn't return it. It still worked fine a year and half later when I sold it and upgraded to the 4S.


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Looks like this home button may not be as durable as previous iPhones?
Why would you assume it's the home button? There have been complaints of rattling in iPhones as far back as I can remember. Sometimes it's just the lock button.


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I just checked mine and there is a faint rattle by the home button too, I think I'll stay put as there are no functional problems plus I have a year in case something stops working. Can this be the "buttongate"? :D
 
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Why would you assume it's the home button? There have been complaints of rattling in iPhones as far back as I can remember. Sometimes it's just the lock button.


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Just going by what Chris reported, plus there is a ribbon connecting the home button (the only part that is long to allow for screen removal) that could easily rattle as it's long and not fully seated on the motherboard (there's slack to allow screen removal). That's why my hypothesis is the home button as being the culprit.
 

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Just going by what Chris reported, plus there is a ribbon connecting the home button (the only part that is long to allow for screen removal) that could easily rattle as it's long and not fully seated on the motherboard (there's slack to allow screen removal). That's why my hypothesis is the home button as being the culprit.
It could be that but there are other possibilities. I wouldn't worry about it unless it has functional problems.
 

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You don't need to return it. There are moving parts in the phone and it isn't uncommon to hear some rattling when shaking it. My iPhone 4 rattled when I shook it. It functioned perfectly fine so I didn't return it. It still worked fine a year and half later when I sold it and upgraded to the 4S.


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Yep my offspring says its normal.. Mine doesn't rattle, but the home button seems noiser than my other phones. the demo model at Best Buy was very noisy.
 

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You don't need to return it. There are moving parts in the phone and it isn't uncommon to hear some rattling when shaking it. My iPhone 4 rattled when I shook it. It functioned perfectly fine so I didn't return it. It still worked fine a year and half later when I sold it and upgraded to the 4S.


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I'm sorry, no. Brand new mobile phones shouldn't rattle. iPhone or otherwise. The tolerances are so tight that a rattle means something is loose that shouldn't be. Just because it functions properly doesn't mean it's okay.

I read this on car and other enthusiast forums all the time where true-believers defend production problems because "mine's been okay and it does that".
 

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I'm in agreement. I actually have two button issues.

The sleep/lock button rattles like crazy and the home button has a weird clicking noise that I did not notice on my other iPhones (I've had every model).
 

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Based on my past experience with service and having spent $650, I'm most likely going to send it back. It could work perfectly fine for the life of the iPhone 5s (a year for me), but I'd rather play it safe. If it happens on some iPhones, but not others, I'd say it's not intended to be this way.
 
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I'm sorry, no. Brand new mobile phones shouldn't rattle. iPhone or otherwise. The tolerances are so tight that a rattle means something is loose that shouldn't be. Just because it functions properly doesn't mean it's okay.

I read this on car and other enthusiast forums all the time where true-believers defend production problems because "mine's been okay and it does that".
Not necessarily. Sometimes it's just the lock button. The tolerance on that is not tight. And there are other moving parts. It's a waste of time to return it if it's working properly.
 

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I'm sorry, no. Brand new mobile phones shouldn't rattle. iPhone or otherwise. The tolerances are so tight that a rattle means something is loose that shouldn't be. Just because it functions properly doesn't mean it's okay.

I read this on car and other enthusiast forums all the time where true-believers defend production problems because "mine's been okay and it does that".
Camera lens parts do rattle. Been that way since they implemented auto-focus in the 3GS. In fact, I'd challenge anyone to provide an iPhone 3GS or newer that doesn't have a rattling camera lens.
 

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Camera lens parts do rattle. Been that way since they implemented auto-focus in the 3GS. In fact, I'd challenge anyone to provide an iPhone 3GS or newer that doesn't have a rattling camera lens.
1 3GS, 2 4S's and 2 5's - all have a slight lens rattle to them.
 

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Just to circle back and confirm. It is the lens. If you tap lightly on the back of the 5s, you can hear it.