Thankfully, my iPhone 5’s home button has been working without a hitch, but sadly the same can’t be said of its power button. That piece recently started losing responsiveness, just like the iPhone 4’s home button used to, often requiring two or three hard presses to turn the unit on or off. For me, just one person, that’s frustrating. But from anecdotal evidence, lots of folks with iPhone 5s of similar vintage have been experiencing the same troubles, which leads me to believe this is a common hardware defect.
Both of these things have happened to me: an unresponsive iPhone 4 home button and, now, a finicky iPhone 5 power button.
If I press the button more on the left it works. If I press it dead center it doesn’t work. If I press it on the right it doesn’t work.
Oftentimes I’m buying new hardware thinking that they probably resolved that other issue. But lately it’s been like whack-a-mole. If I lived near an Apple Store I’d just take it in, but it hasn’t been a big enough deal for me to be without a phone for a 4-5 days.
(Also, this is my THIRD iPhone 5 replaced under warranty. I bought Applecare this time around.)