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

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

Thankfully, the iPhone 5 owner who took the time to record the video you see below reports that he was given a replacement unit. But even if you aren't eligible for a replacement and your iPhone 5 is acting up as well, getting it repaired should not be too dificult, as the iPhone 5 teardown by iFixit revealed.

But the list of iPhone 5 issues does not end here. Just a few days ago, we wrote about a possible glitch affecting the responsiveness of the device's touchscreen when used in a specific way. Another flaw that was present on Apple's smartphone were the static lines that appeared on some occasions, but that has already been taken care of with a software fix.

In case you own an iPhone 5 as well, is your lock button working properly? Let us know down in the comments!

source: TAWRreviews (YouTube)

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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



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 :(

9. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

20. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

30. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

+1 from me

40. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

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

41. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

11. MeoCao unregistered

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

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

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

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

22. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

24. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

35. dsmboost

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 01, 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.

42. akishakoi

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

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.

2. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

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

28. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Man this is the worst iphone ever.

4. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 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? :)

31. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

next: world domination

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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 !!!!

7. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

ifail 5

8. e.wvu unregistered

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

10. poikilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

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

13. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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

32. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

well said, man

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

15. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

moral story: buy iphones with the "s" version

19. angelesmec unregistered

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

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.

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