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post #1 of 39
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Just started noticing a couple of dead spots i.e. areas of the screen that do not respond accurately to touch on my iPhone ... wondering if anyone else is having the same experience.

This seems like a new problem that may have started with the last software update. (Note, by dead I don't mean areas that don't light up -- just areas where the touch screen isn't responsive)

Specifically, the first bookmark in the bookmarks bar in Safari seems to be non-responsive, defaulting instead, when touched, to the bookmarks button above, instead of the bookmark itself (hope this makes sense)

Also, noticing the same issue with Notes. The first note requires multiple taps before it is highlighted and even then, it takes a long time to load.

Other applications, such as stocks, YouTube videos, etc. seem fine when tapped in that same area.

I think this make be an application specific problem as opposed to hardware but would be great to find out if you're having the same problem.

I've had the iPhone for over a month and did not have (or perhaps notice) this issue despite heavy use ....

Thanks, for your help.
post #2 of 39
Just tried mine. Works everywhere. Sorry.
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post #3 of 39
Thread Starter 
Went to the Apple Store yesterday. They said to restore the software on the phone and see if it helps. But no luck. Judging from the lack of posts I'm guessing I am the only one facing this issue. Bummer.

Going to go back to the store and see what my options are.

Thanks.
post #4 of 39
I am having this issue as of last night. The entire bottom row of buttons - Phone, Mail, Safari, and iPod - are non-responsive. I can barely move the slider when my iPhone is locked. Seems the dead spot ends at the very top of the bar, so I can still unlock. I tried everything from powering on/off, to resetting, to restoring and still nothing. I have an appt. at my local Apple store for help later tonight.

There is a thread about this topic as well on Macrumors....

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=4004709

(Mods, sorry if the above link is not allowed. This is my second post and couldn't find any rules against not posting links to other boards)
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post #5 of 39
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your post -- I was starting to think I was the only one with this issue until I saw all the postings on Macrumors.

So to follow-up:

Went back to the Apple Store yesterday as planned.

They took it in for repair and gave me a loaner and charged me $30. Not sure how to tell which series the phone is, 5 or 7, but from the other forums it sounds as though that may be a factor. I can't imagine this is something that is easily repairable so think they might send me a new one ...

Either way it is a bummer on what is otherwise an amazing little device.

Will keep you posted.

Thanks.
post #6 of 39
No worries. I've been lurking on this board for a while and figured it was time to contribute.

I took my iPhone back to my local Apple store today as well. After speaking to someone at 1-800-My-iPhone, I was under the impression they were going to exchange it (she told me to (1) bring everything with me including the box, charger, etc and (2) make sure they take my SIM card and put it in the new iPhone - did they tell you this or did they just take your iPhone???). When I showed up for my appointment, the store didn't even have any iPhones!!! The genius also told me they weren't going to replace my iPhone only give me a loaner, needless to say I was quite pi****. Now, I have to wait till tomorrow to go to another Apple store to get a loaner and pay the $30.

Agree with your comment about it being a bummer & will keep you posted.
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post #7 of 39
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They said they were going to send it in for repair but it seems, from the other forum, that they are not able to repair this issue and are instead replacing the phone. I have my fingers crossed, I think getting a new one as a replacement will be better than a repaired one ... Will keep you and others posted on progress here as well.

Thanks.
post #8 of 39
Same thing is happening to me. A search on the Apple forums reveals multiple threads about this prob:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread....ageID=4937730?
http://discussions.apple.com/thread....ageID=5073882?
http://discussions.apple.com/thread....ageID=4900213?
http://discussions.apple.com/thread....ageID=4848794?
http://discussions.apple.com/thread....ageID=4922904?
http://discussions.apple.com/thread....ageID=4829814?


I absolutely adore this phone, but this is very disconcerting. Hope Apple gets to the bottom of this, b/c it could be the phone's Achilles Heel.

Spoke to a rep at 1800MYIPHONE and she issued a case # with a note saying not to charge me for a loaner when I take my phone in for service at the local Apple store.

My phone's serial # starts with 7S7, model MA712 - don't know if this makes it the 7 series...?

But what took my breath away is when I described in detail the nature of the problem, she said, "yes that is very familiar to me." Wow. I hope the engineers are on top of this.

Just thought that if Apple does eventually come out with a cheap iPhone "Nano," they could very easily offer that phone for free as a loaner, and the reg iPhone for $29.95. After all, I just want to be able to make and receive calls while it's being repaired. I can live without the bells and whistles for a few days.
post #9 of 39
Well, here is my update to my previous post above - which has a happy ending....

I took my phone in yesterday to the Clarendon store in Arlington, VA after taking into the Pentagon City store initially (which is also Arlington, VA). After explaining the problem in detail - showing the dead spot and that I followed all steps on the Apple support website from restart to restore - to the Genius in the Clarendon store, they gave me the impression that they were going to give me a loaner and send mine in for repair. But I pushed back a bit after the Genius helping me said, "I only need your iPhone to send back" by saying, "The girl at 1-800-my-iphone told me to bring in everything and give it to you" and with that gave him my iPhone box with all contents. He then said "let me go get you a new iPhone" and with that brought back a new one and did an exchange, so I wound up getting a new one.

Now, I am one of those people that writes down all information from a support call in case of situations like this and by being able to cite what the phone analyst told me which was (1) bring back everything including box and (2) make sure they put your SIM into your new phone, I received a new phone. I don't know if it sheer luck I got a new one (as I have had it since they were released) or it is because Apple is aware of the problem.
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post #10 of 39
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Now, I am one of those people that writes down all information from a support call in case of situations like this and by being able to cite what the phone analyst told me which was (1) bring back everything including box and (2) make sure they put your SIM into your new phone, I received a new phone. I don't know if it sheer luck I got a new one (as I have had it since they were released) or it is because Apple is aware of the problem.

It looks like you have a pretty good system for doing this. I tend to forget to record this sort of thing.
post #11 of 39
Thread Starter 
Seems like the problem is finally becoming public knowledge and Apple is dealing with it expediently. My loaner is working perfectly but it is day 4 and I would love to hear back from Apple on the repair/replacement. I will probably also ask for a refund on the $29 I paid for the loaner seeing as how other Apple Stores have not charged others for this issue ...

Been a loyal user (and promoter among my friends and family) of their computers and laptops since 1986 and this is the first time I've had any issue with something from Apple.
post #12 of 39
While it's great to get a new phone, I personally feel more comfortable having Apple fix my phone. I would figure they have the most updated parts when these things come in for repairs.
post #13 of 39
I've been getting the dead spot issue myself... at first I thought it was a fluke, I couldn't call the 2nd person down in my favorites without a struggle... other screens seemed to work ok tho. Now it seems to be spreading... I couldn't call #2 or #3 on my favorites today, couldn't get into my 2nd email account, and couldn't get back to the beginning of the movie i was playing to save my life in ipod mode... went to the end and back but the time bar got stuck at about 1/8 of the way in. I couldn't type in a D to save my life with the on screen keyboard in landscape mode to save my life either.

I've got an appointment this evening at the Apple store... hopefully they'll sort me out. I have my old crappy Sony Ericsson phone I'll probably use while it's away but I'm not sure how the voicemail will play out.

edit: I've had my iPhone since 6/29 and it's been a trooper otherwise since then.

edit: so I made it to the Apple store and they swapped me out then and there. Very cool deal, I showed the genius exactly the issue I had and he said it should have to go to the depot, but he didn't want to send me home with no phone, so he grabbed another one then and there. I was a little concerned to not have my phone for a trip I'm going on in a couple weeks, so that definitely puts my mind at ease.
post #14 of 39
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Picked up my iPhone yesterday after calling the support number on the paperwork and was told the *repaired* iPhone had been delivered to the store. Turns out they replaced it with a new one (serial number beginning with 7T7 ... previous was 7R7). It was easy to re-activate and restore with iTunes, etc. so all is good.

My only gripe is with the $29 fee Apple charged for the loaner. Apple it seems is replacing all the iPhones that have this issue so it doesn't seem right for them to charge a loaner fee and make you go through the whole repair/loaner fee/replace charade ... Their policy also seems inconsistent judging from other posts on the forums.
post #15 of 39
I'm a bit disappointed with Apple's customer service myself. I called them on Monday (yes it was labor day) and they didn't mail out the loaner phone (which they tried to charge me $29 for) until today (Thursday). This means I've gone Sunday through at minimum Friday without being able to DIAL A FREAKING PHONE NUMBER. The phone was exactly 21 days old when the screen messed up.


Now they of course top off my frustration with the 8GB phone being sold for $100 less than I paid for the 4GB phone. I don't think I'd be as disappointed over the price drop if I hadn't been the butt of all iPhone jokes due to a 21 day old $600 non-telephone
post #16 of 39
Hi. This problem has happened to me as well. After 6 days of use!
Is there no way to fix this without sending the phone back?
I live in Norway, and shipping it to USA takes a while.
post #17 of 39
If you have an unlocked iPhone, as I'm assuming you must in Norway, be careful sending it back. I have heard that Apple is not too friendly to unlockers when it comes to repairs.
post #18 of 39
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If you have an unlocked iPhone, as I'm assuming you must in Norway, be careful sending it back. I have heard that Apple is not too friendly to unlockers when it comes to repairs.

I will try to revirginize it so apple cant see it.
Its either that or not having a iPhone. Its worth a shot! ;p
post #19 of 39
Hello petruz.
I have the same problem with my Iphone, and also do live in Norway. Did you send your phone`back to the US? If so, what/how did you do it ?

best regards
post #20 of 39
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I will try to revirginize it so apple cant see it.
Its either that or not having a iPhone. Its worth a shot! ;p

Hello petruz.
I have the same problem with my Iphone, and also do live in Norway. Did you send your phone`back to the US? If so, what/how did you do it ?

best regards
post #21 of 39
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Hello petruz.
I have the same problem with my Iphone, and also do live in Norway. Did you send your phone`back to the US? If so, what/how did you do it ?

best regards


I havent done anything yet.
Trying to some for some solutions on the web.
Seems like we have to send the phones to USA and pray for the best.
post #22 of 39
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Originally Posted by petruz View Post

I havent done anything yet.
Trying to some for some solutions on the web.
Seems like we have to send the phones to USA and pray for the best.

I'm from Iceland and I called Apple in USA and they told me that I had to have an American address to be able to get the phone back. Apparently they only send phones to locations inside the US. Rather lame.

I don't know how to get past that. Maybe some forwarding service or something? I don't know. I will probably end up fixing my phone myself.
post #23 of 39
the top two row on my iphone is not responding anymore...it's all dead spot ..i'm just wondering what i should do?..can anyone answer me !!! thanx
post #24 of 39
I have similar problems.
post #25 of 39
So my phone was working perfectly and I was just raving about my phone to friends yesterday at a party. Today I have an entire dead spot which now does not even allow me to slide the phone open. I also have a lock on it so I can't sync with my computer so if it needs to be restored I will lose all my information. I called for help and the woman told me to reset it and then she told me that my warranty expired 23 days ago. She then said that if I had the Apple care protection plan that they would just send me out a new one. Well NO ONE EVER TOLD ME ABOUT THE APPLE CARE PROTECTION PLAN. We bought 2 Iphones from the Apple store and the guy told me that they don't offer phone insurance (even though I inquired about it) and he said we should just put them on our home owners insurance. I am LIVID! If I had known about this plan I would have purchased one for both of our phones. I mean we spent $800.00 in one day on two phones...what is another $140.00 for a protection plan? I now have an appointment at the store tomorrow and if they cannot fix my phone I am going to lay into the manager there. Every customer should be made aware of the plan. And if they can't fix my phone and want me to purchase a brand new Iphone after my warranty expired only 23 days ago I am going to flip and make this issue with the phones very public.
post #26 of 39
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Originally Posted by kalilama View Post

So my phone was working perfectly and I was just raving about my phone to friends yesterday at a party. Today I have an entire dead spot which now does not even allow me to slide the phone open. I also have a lock on it so I can't sync with my computer so if it needs to be restored I will lose all my information. I called for help and the woman told me to reset it and then she told me that my warranty expired 23 days ago. She then said that if I had the Apple care protection plan that they would just send me out a new one. Well NO ONE EVER TOLD ME ABOUT THE APPLE CARE PROTECTION PLAN. We bought 2 Iphones from the Apple store and the guy told me that they don't offer phone insurance (even though I inquired about it) and he said we should just put them on our home owners insurance. I am LIVID! If I had known about this plan I would have purchased one for both of our phones. I mean we spent $800.00 in one day on two phones...what is another $140.00 for a protection plan? I now have an appointment at the store tomorrow and if they cannot fix my phone I am going to lay into the manager there. Every customer should be made aware of the plan. And if they can't fix my phone and want me to purchase a brand new Iphone after my warranty expired only 23 days ago I am going to flip and make this issue with the phones very public.


If you explain your situation, and nicely, and calmly try and work with the manager / AppleCare reps. you will get a much more sympathetic and caring response. Call AppleCare and request to speak with customer relations. Explain your issue, and what you would like to see; ask if they can make an exception this once, or if you can buy AppleCare now even though you are technically past due. You know you have a valid issue that Apple should correct, so don't accept anything less; but be nice and calm the best you can. I would be very very disappointed as well spending $800 and getting a bad experience! Best of Luck.

-Cheers
post #27 of 39
My wife and I have had our phones for just about 2 years and her's just got a dead spot... I was wondering what people have found with apple replacing the old iphone 2G, what the best way to approach the repair is, etc. We are out of warranty, and no apple care, but this is clearly a hardware problem that many many people have experienced.

I would really like to keep the old phone since it has the lower monthly plan and I don't see a reason based on the feature list to upgrade to either of the newer phones.

So - any stories/experiences on how to approach this best with apple? Either phone or instore.

Much thanks -
Chris
post #28 of 39
I've just got the same problem and I'm sure the genius bar will want $199 to replace the phone. Anyone find out any other options?
post #29 of 39
Mine works perfect! For now.. Sorry for those with iPhones with dead pixels. I say get it exchanged.
post #30 of 39
Its the same with my 2G! When i try to Put in my pincode then it dosent work when i try to click ok.. I've went to a apple store and they said: "We cant repar it because you bought it at ebay" But i have the same problem please replay on my thead
post #31 of 39
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Its the same with my 2G! When i try to Put in my pincode then it dosent work when i try to click ok.. I've went to a apple store and they said: "We cant repar it because you bought it at ebay" But i have the same problem please replay on my thead

Recently had this problem....fixed it....actually opened the phone (2 screws loc @ the bottom..) and made sure the 2 of the 3 wires were securely fastened....worked like a charm....was very frustrated at first since my contract ended 1 yr ago with at&t...almost gave up on the phone after searching the entire web for a solution....hope it help anyone
post #32 of 39
i quoted this from an earlier post because i'm having the exact same issue: "I am having this issue as of last night. The entire bottom row of buttons - Phone, Mail, Safari, and iPod - are non-responsive." it'a first generation iPhone (please stop laughing at me!?!?! . but this problem just began last night. there were signs of a breakdown before it became a full blown issue. i've never dropped it, never mistreated it (i value it like it's my wallet), but for some reason i'm not aware of, the problem has shown up. ANY info on how to fix this issue would be appreciated. i love my iPhone. as of now, i can barely text, AND, i have to have people call me to add new contacts (since the "0" button is in the dead area when adding contacts. not to mention that i can't just dial because the keypad is also located in this area. please, if you know, if or how to fix this, i'll be your bff. seriously, though, i want to try to get this fixed.
post #33 of 39
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Thanks for your post -- I was starting to think I was the only one with this issue until I saw all the postings on Macrumors.

So to follow-up:

Went back to the Apple Store yesterday as planned.

They took it in for repair and gave me a loaner and charged me $30. Not sure how to tell which series the phone is, 5 or 7, but from the other forums it sounds as though that may be a factor. I can't imagine this is something that is easily repairable so think they might send me a new one ...

Either way it is a bummer on what is otherwise an amazing little device.

Will keep you posted.

Thanks.

Don't worry, the Apple Store should eventually take care of you with a replacement unit. They usually don't repair, they just issue a replacement unit. This unit may not be brand new (ie. it could be factory refurbished, etc.) so just check everything works and that there's no major cosmetic flaws.

My Home button became an annoying issue because it stopped responding in a usual way, and it would only happen once every 20 presses, but very frustrating nonetheless for, as you say, what is a remarkable product. It took one month for my telco in my country, but I just got my replacement iPhone 4 yesterday. Everything nice so far.

Good luck!
post #34 of 39
Thanks for this post. I am having the same problem. I don't have a solution but it I come across one I'll be sure to post. I'm on my way to apple for help. Thanks
post #35 of 39

I have this problem too! And its getting really annoying. If you found out how to fix this please respond.

Thank you1confused.gif

post #36 of 39

Screen protector quality may interfere possibly? Maybe something in the cheaper plastics of certain protectors.

Some feedback on cheap protectors vs. dead spots might help. I grabbed a .99 cent one from ebay when I received my iPhone 5, and I have some dead spots sometimes.

It's never consistent, but does seem to happen around the corners and edges more (of course where most interface buttons are located).

post #37 of 39

My phone is doing the exact same thing. I literally just got this phone two days ago and put it in a heavy duty case so it wouldnt break like last time. Having my screen not work is very irratating. I cant call, text, use internet, unlock my phone, or just simply type! :(

post #38 of 39
Okay ' it's now April & I had my iPhone since December & I discovered this dead spot about two days ago . The whole right side of my screen does not work so I flip my phone around so I'm able to type ' I can just wave my hand across the right side of the screen & it just starts to click things . I backspace, P,O,L,M & return button dose not work . The lady to my to try to restore but obviously it doesn't work & I'm not sure how to back up my photos & stuff & I don't want to loose anything . I want to try & see if I can get my screen fixed but I rather have apple send me a new one . But once again I'm not sure how to back my photos & stuff up , & say if I get a new one & the same thing happens . Sometimes when I hit the screen where it's dead it works for like an hour ..... But keep the comments going & write back folks
post #39 of 39
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Went to the Apple Store yesterday. They said to restore the software on the phone and see if it helps. But no luck. Judging from the lack of posts I'm guessing I am the only one facing this issue. Bummer.

Going to go back to the store and see what my options are.

 

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