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    Default Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    Hi,

    I do not know if I'm at the right place asking this and I did not want to go to the Apple store right away unless I get some opinions about it, but here is my problem:

    Recently, I have found dust build up inside the camera. Meaning that there are random spots on my photos everytime I take a photo. There would be a speck in corner of a photo, if not in the center.

    Is there a way to clean it up? Or do I eventually have to go to Apple and have my device 'opened up'?
    And no, I do not have Apple Care.

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    That should be covered by the standard warranty and be handled accordingly at an AppleStore.
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    Default Re: Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    So just set up a Genius bar appt., and have them take a look at it? What can(will) they do?
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    Default Re: Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    If it's determined to be a hardware issue - they will typically replace the phone under warranty.
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    Default Re: Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    Quote Originally Posted by inoutside View Post
    Hi,

    I do not know if I'm at the right place asking this and I did not want to go to the Apple store right away unless I get some opinions about it, but here is my problem:

    Recently, I have found dust build up inside the camera. Meaning that there are random spots on my photos everytime I take a photo. There would be a speck in corner of a photo, if not in the center.

    Is there a way to clean it up? Or do I eventually have to go to Apple and have my device 'opened up'?
    And no, I do not have Apple Care.

    Thanks
    Why not just for the heck of it try and see if the dust might be on the outside lens and use a gentle blow of canned air not aimed directly on the lens but as I said just a gentle hit of air. Then of course if that is not it, Hit the Apple store for sure.
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    Default Re: Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    If it's determined to be a hardware issue - they will typically replace the phone under warranty.
    Agreed. Apple stores are usually really good about this sort of thing. So long as you don't come across as someone trying to take advantage of the system.
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    Default Re: Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    Last week had to take my iPhone 5 for this same problem. Went to Genius Bar and within 30 mins I was out of there with a replacement phone. Yes I had an appt.


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    Default Re: Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    Here is a photo of my white cieling, the black spots you see are what bothers me. Would Apple entertain such a small disturbance?Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera-imageuploadedbyimore-forums1368832399.284033.jpg
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    Default Re: Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    Quote Originally Posted by inoutside View Post
    Here is a photo of my white cieling, the black spots you see are what bothers me. Would Apple entertain such a small disturbance?Click image for larger version. 

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    If that can be reproduced at the store then you will most likely get a new phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolander07 View Post
    If that can be reproduced at the store then you will most likely get a new phone.
    I had an appt last night, and they replaced my phone no questions asked! Great customer service. I'm really glad, thanks for all the comments from everyone!
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    Awesome, great news. Apple does have exemplary customer service.
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    Default Re: Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    Quote Originally Posted by inoutside View Post
    Here is a photo of my white cieling, the black spots you see are what bothers me. Would Apple entertain such a small disturbance?Click image for larger version. 

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    Steve Jobs would've had a cow over that.
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    Default Re: Dust build up inside iPhone 5 camera

    there are tons of threads like this over on macrumors forums. i actually had a speck of dust on the inside of my lens on my original iphone 5. i went to apple and they were able to clean the speck off, no issues after that. the phone came from the factory like that and they stated it was due to the manufacturing process. others have had the phone replaced under warranty for this. just bring it in and they will take care of it under warranty.

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