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According to reports the new iPhone 3G S's are overheating enough to discolor the plastic from white to pink or brown. The iPod Touches and iPhone 3G's are also suffering lesser heat issues, indicating firmware may be partially responsible. Apple has released no official word on the widespread reports.  (Source: Le Journal du Geek)
Apple's iPhone 3G S takes the heat

Apple boldly advertises the slogan "It just works", but Apple has its share of issues just like any other tech company.  Among the recent problems included Mac display issues (which have been ongoing for over a year) and iPhone signal issues (also a year old problem).

Now another familiar problem has been reported.  Apple's hot new iPhone is not just getting hot figuratively, it's getting hot literally.  Reports of Apple's handsets turning toasty and colorizing from white to a toasty brown or rosy pink have been widely reported.

Reportedly, the phones are more likely to overheat when playing games or using the GPS.  The iPhone 3G S packs a much faster CPU and graphics processor than its predecessor, a likely source of the heating issues.  However, Apple thus far has denied the reports and refused to comment that there is a problem with the handsets.

Melissa J. Perenson of PC World is among those whose iPhone 3G S is overheating.  She writes, "And at some point, I became aware the handset had become very hot. Very, very hot — not just on the back, but the entire length of the front face, too. I was using a game, and then later the Web browser for reading the news about Michael Jackson, all over a Wi-Fi connection while plugged in. And in those circumstances, well…toasty doesn’t even describe how surprisingly hot it got. It was too hot to even put the phone against my face. No discoloration to report, though; I have the black handset, and didn’t see any effects."

OS power management also may be to blame.  Reportedly, iPhones and iPod touches upgraded to the new OS v3.0 have also been heating up.  Writes Wired.com's Charlie Sorrel, "To add to the confusion, I have noticed my 2G iPod Touch getting a lot hotter than usual since updating to the v3.0 software. This happens while web browsing, and the battery is draining fast, too. I have no idea if this is related, but if it is it could point at some bad power-management software in OS 3.0."

Ultimately, it may be a combination of hardware and firmware power management that's causing the new iPhone to overload.



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Black Screen of Death
By dk494922 on 6/29/2009 10:04:04 AM , Rating: 3
I have an iphone 3G. Ever since I updated to iphone 3.0, I do notice the phone gets hot after browsing internet for about 5 mins. After 10 mins I wouldn't want to hold it no more, it's not because that it was too hot, it's just uncomfortable holding a little heater.

Problems that I have notice is the new function for switching to contact list while dialing out, phone just wouldn't go back to the dialing and the only way I can hangup the phone was to turn it off. Also I have experienced Black Screen of Death while editing contact list.




RE: Black Screen of Death
By Luticus on 6/29/2009 10:08:42 AM , Rating: 2
I've never seen BSOD on a phone before... bet you feel like a lucky winner :)

As for me, I stayed away from the iphone to begin with. I just don't trust Apple to be truthful so I don't trust their products either.


RE: Black Screen of Death
By Cappadocious on 6/29/2009 2:28:15 PM , Rating: 2
My wife and I were at the store yesterday and we had a BSOD event. The phone rang and before she could answer it the screen went black and continued to ring for a second before it stopped. The damn thing took another 10mins to come back up and work normally.

For all their bashing of Microsoft products reliability theirs are becoming eerily similar.


RE: Black Screen of Death
By fsardis on 6/29/2009 3:40:37 PM , Rating: 1
I have never seen Windows Mobile crash. I can count the number of times I have seen a BSOD since 2000 on my fingers.

Instead of advertising their own strengths (aka hot air) they attempt to bash MS. The problem is that their bashing is based on Windows the way it was back in 1998. Win 7 puts OSX to shame on any account. For crying out loud OSX is still stuck with an ancient interface that you cannot even change themes for. The window border colour and style is fixed. Sound themes do not exist because sounds to not exist apart from the warning dialog effect. Seriously even Linux offers a better desktop than OSX if you take a few minutes to enable Compiz.

I won't even go into security. My new Mac came with the firewall disabled and autologin turned on. Apple should focus on making a system that is half as good as Win 7 right now and cut the crap adverts about MS.


RE: Black Screen of Death
By greylica on 6/29/2009 4:47:08 PM , Rating: 1
One of the best comments I saw today.
Personally I like the hardware of both companies.
Microsoft Wireless Mouse and Keyboard Running Fedora Core 10 Linux on a POWERMAC Octa with 16 GB Ram, and Penguins can fly !!!



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