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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'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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New iPhone Review
By SkierInAvon on 6/29/2009 10:16:40 AM , Rating: 5
I upgraded from an iPhone 3G (16GB) that I’ve had for a year.

New iPhone (3Gs 32GB) is definitely faster (both 3G & WiFi) however battery life SUX!

Phone definitely gets warm when running (checked with my friends new 3Gs iPhone) and he as same problem.

Called Apple tech support to complain about short battery life and longer time to recharge. Apple told me to ‘turn off 3G’. They also recommended to use the AC power adaptor to charge the phone, rather than my traditional USB cable plugged into my PC.

Result? With 3G turned off, batter life is much better (runs cooler) – much like my old iPhone and recharging time is much faster with AC adaptor than with USB cable to PC.

Of course – why did you buy the iPhone if you have to run it, with a major feature turned off?

Turns out my office has WiFi so my data connection is fast, so I don’t have to have 3G while at the office, phone calls, caller ID…etc work fine over the older Edge network.

When in my car (has an iPhone interface) I turn 3G back on (to stream radio & Pandora) I have to have the iPhone plugged into car power (with 3G on) else the iPhone is out of power in little over an hour on average.

Again my biggest issue with the new iPhone is battery life (much worse than my 1 yr old iPhone 3G – 16GB) not so much the heating.

RE: New iPhone Review
By weskurtz0081 on 6/29/2009 10:37:46 AM , Rating: 5
Man, I was thinking about getting one of these, but maybe not now.

That is pretty lame that you have to be constantly toggling 3G on and off throughout the day just to keep the damn thing from sucking down the battery.

RE: New iPhone Review
By Cobra Commander on 6/29/2009 12:42:10 PM , Rating: 3
All kidding aside, most of which is humorous, my 3GS doesn't get hot from my observations but its battery life is quite inconsistent. Some days I use 20%, other days 20% is all that's left... I do not believe I use it (arguably) 4x's more or less on a given day so I would blame Power Management as well.

RE: New iPhone Review
By PrinceGaz on 6/29/2009 12:42:17 PM , Rating: 5
iPod touch users like myself have probably been doing something similar for quite a while- turning Wi-Fi on only when needed then turning it off again soon afterwards to save the battery.

With wi-fi turned on, the 2nd gen iTouch can drain the battery in three or four hours, but with it turned off you can easily get more than double that. As such I turn it on only for browsing and to allow any apps which grab stuff online for reading later reading to update themselves (like news & sports, weather apps etc), then immediately turn the internet off to conserve power.

I really wish it were possible to turn the internet on and off just by tapping on the Wi-Fi indicator (I believe a recent review of one of the iPhone's competitors mentioned it allowed you to do that), as it is slightly tedious to have to go into Settings (which I actually have docked at the bottom of the screen as it is one of my most used apps for this very reason!) -> Wi-Fi -> Toggle On/Off before and after using the internet.

RE: New iPhone Review
By jimbojimbo on 6/29/2009 1:39:22 PM , Rating: 2
Jailbreak it and there's an app that toggles Wi-fi. Unfortunatley it doesn't seem to work on 3.0 right now, as of yet anyway.

RE: New iPhone Review
By grath on 6/29/2009 10:01:21 PM , Rating: 2
as it is slightly tedious to have to go into Settings

It is totally worth jailbreaking even if its just for the better toggle management. The app SBSettings, which does work in 3.0, has all the toggles, and is instantly accessible and non-intrusive. You slide across your status bar on top at any time (except lock), and your toggles appear in a popup without interrputing your app or having to use the springboard or dock. And I mean ALL the toggles, 3G, Edge, Bluetooth, WiFi, Location services, brightness, SSH, airplane mode, in one place, that you can get to faster than it takes the standard Settings app to load its first screen.

Elegant functionality like that is not too much to ask for, yet Apple doesnt provide it themselves, and they prohibit authorized apps from that kind of capability, or if they did it would probably be $15 on the App Store instead of free on Cydia like SBSettings.

Jailbreak FTW

RE: New iPhone Review
By The0ne on 6/29/2009 2:25:50 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry, the new iphone apparently toggles itself from wifi/3g and on/off states as well, even when you turn off the feature O.o

RE: New iPhone Review
By ice456789 on 6/29/2009 10:38:28 AM , Rating: 5
You should also refrain from using any software that utilizes 3d acceleration or GPS, as those tend to negatively affect battery life and heat up the unit as well. Oh, and phone calls longer than 5 minutes are a no-no too. You should throttle down the new processor as well. Don't worry, there's an app for that (only $2.99). Please feel free to take the iPhone out of your pocket to show it off to friends (to take full advantage of iSmug), but be sure not to use the touchscreen, as this too may cause the unit to heat up. The good news; Apple has confirmed through rigorous testing that simply looking at the unit and admiring its beauty will not cause any problems for the phone at all.

RE: New iPhone Review
By koenshaku on 6/29/2009 10:56:27 AM , Rating: 2
Well 3g is also a winter hand warming feature, I hear they over heat in tropical states this is just apple's intelligent way of thinking..

No seriously, I was actually trying to buy one of these over the weekend, but they were sold out everywhere I guess I will wait a bit if that is the case, because I use the palringo chat app for hours on in at times.

RE: New iPhone Review
By weskurtz0081 on 6/29/2009 11:05:25 AM , Rating: 3
I just don't get it, did they even do any QC on these things before they decided they were going to sell them?

They have only been out for a week and we are already seeing that they have a major heat problem. If they, at the very least, tested out a white model for a week, they would have seen that there was a problem. I just don't get it.

RE: New iPhone Review
By Sazar on 6/29/2009 1:05:06 PM , Rating: 2
You're not too far off the truth.

When charging the phone, it definitely gets quite warm.

I have the 16GB Black 3G phone and I can only imagine what coloring it would be if it were white :)

The 3GS seems to be getting even warmer.

As far as battery life goes, it's so-so but seems better than the 3GS per the original post in this thread.

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