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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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RE: display issue FUD
By weskurtz0081 on 6/30/2009 4:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
But, the problem here is, as far as function is concerned, the units in question are interchangeable. So, the tank to Civic comparison just doesn't cut it.

As far as the luxury to non-luxury, well, that's just not the same. I think anyone that is buying a notebook because they feel it is a status is the real stupid person. A car, sure there are some minor differences between a Lexus and a Toyota other than simply styling, but when referring to notebooks (Apple and some of the PC brands), that difference just doesn't really exist. They look cool, but they both perform the same functions in MOST cases, and they do so equally as well as the competition. The differences in the PC world between Apple and say, Asus, are VERY minimal, and in most cases, the Asus notebook have better specs for less money.

So, what type of person would want to pay more for less just because of the status that goes along with that item? Well, someone with more money than sense, and likely a very shallow person who is materialistic.

RE: display issue FUD
By Pirks on 6/30/2009 5:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't seen a single person who bought macbook for status. Everyone I know (about 5 people, not a lot but still...) bought Mac because of simplicity and quality. Most people like battery life, a few like the keyboard backlight (one of them has lower end macbook so he can't say anything about it), they like OS X gesture control support in general, the fact that you usually just drag drop apps and throw them in the basket instead of running some installers/uninstallers, and other minor things like that. One guy loves the fact that his MacBook Air is so light and thin, works more on a battery than his previous lightweight Sony and costs less than Sony too.

So your theory about Mac as a status symbol can't be farther from the truth I think.

RE: display issue FUD
By weskurtz0081 on 6/30/2009 11:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I know people that have no idea why they bought a Mac. Marketing and status are usually the reason I find. I ask many Mac owners why they bought a Mac, and the reasons they think are true just simple are not true.

You can find a pc based notebook with similar battery life, equivalent quality, and Win 7 should be a pretty darn good OS, but that cannot be a current reason. Also, sure the Macbook air has come down in price, but, it just lacks to much for me to even consider paying that much. I would much rather pay an additional $200 and get the Lenovo X300. Considering what the Macbook air DOESN'T come with, it shouldn't cost as much as far superior ultra thin notebooks.

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