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iPhone 5 lock button breaking after few weeks of usage, some users report

0. phoneArena 12 Nov 2012, 04:44 posted on

Before we begin, we have to admit that the iPhone 5 physical buttons are nothing short of excellent. However, that statement is only valid when they work, and for a number of owners, that does not happen to be the case. Multiple iPhone 5 users are reporting that their smartphone's lock key becomes unresponsive after a few weeks of usage, rendering their shiny handset virtually unusable...

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posted on 12 Nov 2012, 04:51 12

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Yeah my 3rd gen iPhone is broken that lock button and fixed, but just a few weeks? What a let down Apple :(

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 05:19 33

9. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I'm not an official Apple spokesperson, but I already know the unofficial response from Apple... "You're pushing the lock button wrong".

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 06:08 10

20. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1104; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Apple never ceases to amaze me....with its extraordinary and revolutionary flaws which dont even appear on basic feature phones!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:39 4

30. hiBreed (Posts: 90; Member since: 29 May 2012)


+1 from me

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 18:08 2

40. bayusuputra (Posts: 945; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I'm an unofficial so-called genius at apple..
and I say: "It's a feature.."

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 21:39 1

41. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


"Lock button sensitivity varies from time to time and may degrade after prolonged usage. This is completely normal."

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 05:22 4

11. MeoCao (unregistered)


This is Halloween iPhone you know so it works to scare the owners.

iPhone "just works" TM.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 05:47 7

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Meh. Hardware failures happen. Even Android phones have hardware failures. My first RAZR had a bad LTE radio (it wouldn't connect to LTE right in the VZW store). A new RAZR 15 minutes later and I am walking out of the store enjoying the hauling-ass LTE data speed.

A year-ish ago, Apple had problems with light eakage on some of their displays. Owners would get a brand spanking new replacement. When new orders were having to wait 3 weeks for delivery.

The bigger story would have been if Apple had refused to replace the failed phones. They aren't, so this is much ado about nothing.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 05:56 3

18. wendygarett (unregistered)


Well I hope you still satisfy yours, I also has some android devices recently so far no problem yet :) same goes to my new iPhone 5 from my parents lol

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 06:13 2

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


No further failures for my RAZR. Just waiting for the VZW Note II. Zzzz.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 06:30

22. amozhi (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


So you are admitting that Apple devices are not anymore shiny niche device. Right ah?

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:00 2

24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Not quite sure what you are asking. I never said the iP toys were shiny or niche. I was commenting about how hardware failures were handled.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:53 2

33. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iDisagree completely. So far this year I have had a RAZR, DROID CHARGE, REZOUND and RAZR MAXX and none of my Lock Buttons have or Hardware have been iDefective. Even that Single-Core DROID DISCHARGE didn't iMplode like an iPhone.

iToo, am waiting on my G-Note II; November 29th can't come any sooner.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 10:10 2

35. dsmboost (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Not every single phone will have hardware problems..You just happened to be one of the many that don't have a faulty unit. Hardware failures happen on all electronic devices, I don't care what brand it is. I'm a happy android user, and even I will admit our phones come with their share of problems occasionally. And all these "ijokes" are seriously getting lame.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 22:32

42. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


have you tried nokia phones? they just won't break, and I don't know if we can call that a feature? Lols

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 14:39 1

39. metalpoet (unregistered)


light leakage, unusaully easy to scratch, touchscreen unresponsive for gaming, and phones coming out of the box already scratched. Now the lock button is breaking. and couple this witt Foxconn employees complaining that the phone is too hard to make and meet up with demands, makes me wonder why so many people want this particular model. why not settle for an iPhone 4S, they are basically the same phone excluding the 4G LTE and slightly bigger screen. I sell more iPhone 4S's and iPhone 4's now than i ever did before the iPhone 5.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 04:53 14

2. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


indeed, apple products are good quality, you know?
MUA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA-HA-HA!!!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:30 5

28. Oxygen (Posts: 82; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Man this is the worst iphone ever.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 04:54 11

4. xfire99 (Posts: 570; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Who wanna make a guess on what next issue will be? :)
- Software - Apple Maps
- Cracks
- Screen
- Camera
- Button
- Mine guess is: battery combusion and iphone 5 explode to millions of pieces? :)

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:40

31. hiBreed (Posts: 90; Member since: 29 May 2012)


next: world domination

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 04:58 10

6. tech2 (Posts: 2450; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Well, PA I think it would be much easier for you to just write articles on what parts are working fine with the iPhone 5 !!!!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 05:08 9

7. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


ifail 5

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 05:12 9

8. e.wvu (unregistered)


And then they will say, "You're pushing the lock button wrong."

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 05:19 2

10. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Just saw the comments on the video link. Soo many people are facing it. Don't know if faking it though.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 05:34 4

13. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1162; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


what an ugly phone on an ugly protective cover...
MUA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA-HA-HA!!!

#switchtolumia. you dont need covers to hide its beauty and strength

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 08:42

32. hiBreed (Posts: 90; Member since: 29 May 2012)


well said, man

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 05:35 5

14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Static lines on keyboard
Scratches and dents out of the box
Purple tinted photos
Touchscreen bug
Maps

iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 are looking more and more like beta products.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 05:41 1

15. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1162; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


moral story: buy iphones with the "s" version

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 06:07 1

19. angelesmec (unregistered)


The iPhone 5 has too many flaws..hardware flaws are painful..

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 06:32 3

23. angelesmec (unregistered)


You are just using your iPhone 5 wrong.
1. The physical button is just a design but not meant to be used..just stick with the on-screen button and you will be fine.
2. Apple maps is accurate you are just not paying attention to instructions.
3. The scratches and dents out of the box is an Abstract design and there is nothing wrong with that.
4. The static lines on the keyboard are normal it is an Abstract design and there is nothing wrong with that.
5. The purple tint on the photos taken on the camera are normal we just added an Instagram-like effect you are just thinking of it the wrong way.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:19 1

26. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Hahaha.... EPIC

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:08 2

25. gothicheart (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


i'm waiting for the popular apple response for these kinds of issues: "it's not a defect, it's a new feature." with these defects, granny iphone users will really be pissed off....haha :D

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 07:43

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 12620; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Haven't had this happen yet

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 14:22 2

38. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1653; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


haha yet? So you expect it too bwahhaa

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 09:22 1

34. kach22 (Posts: 122; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Giving it a rating of 9 out of 10 is the worst review I have ever seen in Phone arena.
Any single one of the flaws (that IP5 has shown so far) in an high end android device would decrease it's rating below to 9.
IP5 is becoming the most over rated and over hyped device with a lot of fake positive reviews by the reviewers.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:01 2

36. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


iPhone 5 = iBreak 5 !!

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:49 1

37. rabeck (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Sep 2008)


Seriously I think everyone on this site needs to get a life,,,,is this all you have to do is bash the other devise just cause it's not the one you use,,,,thank goodness theres choices out there,,,,,,move on kiddies

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 01:26 1

43. 12013E12T (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


So much for "Premium quality" and "It just works".

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 09:39

44. drizzo311 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Mar 2011)


I pre-ordered and received the iPhone 5 on the first day. This is my first iPhone, so I was looking forward to moving past the glitchy days of Android products. Regardless of my opinion of the archaic IOS UI, I was hopeful that the superior hardware would overcome that drawback.

Much to my surprise, 11 days after receiving the iPhone, I started to have major issues with the Home button randomly being depressed and Siri activating in often embarrassing situations. You can silence your phone, but never Siri. Even disabling Siri would prompt the 'dumb' voice control program to launch, prompting me to understand that it was a hardware and not software issue.

Over the next 4 days, the functionality devolved rapidly. As I searched for quick fixes on the internet, and prayed that an update would resolve the issue, a 'possessed' Siri incessantly haunted me. Everyone knows that simultaneously depressing the Home and Lock buttons take a screenshot. Well I had almost a Gigabyte of screenshots in four days...if that helps make you understand my frustration. I needed my phone for work, so turning it off wasn't an option.

It turns out that my Home button was defective, and I needed a replacement phone. After haggling with Verizon (who tried to give me a refurbished phone b/c I was outside of the 14 days window... by one day) and Apple (who were awesome, but tried to charge me $40 to overnight it), I finally got my NEW new iPhone, and have had no issues with it, since.

Here's hoping...

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 16:22

47. hiBreed (Posts: 90; Member since: 29 May 2012)


We can only hope, but when it facks up again, you should think of craigslist=iP5 new=L920 or new=htc one or also new=xperia z

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:57

45. bonbonoubasslam (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


MIne had exactly the same problem!what should i do about it?

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 16:24

48. hiBreed (Posts: 90; Member since: 29 May 2012)


Simple, if u have a trash can at home, that would be a perfect place to keep your iPhone 5 and decide on a lumia or droid

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 10:54

46. starl1fe (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


I have a Verizon iPhone 5 with this issue. A few days ago I noticed the button was giving a bit of problems and it gradually lost all its functionality. I can no longer lock nor power down my iPhone 5. What should I do to correct this?

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 16:25

49. hiBreed (Posts: 90; Member since: 29 May 2012)


Easy peasy; just trade it with a nokia lumia 920

posted on 04 Mar 2013, 16:25

50. hiBreed (Posts: 90; Member since: 29 May 2012)


Easy peasy; just trade it with a nokia lumia 920

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