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.
quote: Well, so Apple traded security for comfort, which seems like a smart move for them.
quote: Their OS designers usually do much better job than MS's.
quote: MacBook's cooling is better not because of the lower temperatures, but because of lack of stupid air vents at the bottom.
quote: What Mac's drawback exactly is "superior" to PC? Be more explicit please.
quote: It could if the person is outside of the marrket segment that is targeted by the ads, which is clearly the case with fsardis.
quote: I would consider comfort as knowing your system is secure
quote: overall they do very well to accomodate for everyone in that particular market
quote: With the MacBook, having no vents on the bottom and being on a flat surface, heat will just remain at the bottom as it's impossible that all heat will be extracted from the rear/side exhausts
quote: People that have common sense will use their notebook on a hard flat surface as often as possible
quote: OSX being "the most advanced OS in the world"
quote: for Apple to win, Microsoft had to lose. Apple had forgotten themselves
quote: Ah, that's why everybody here tells me to turn UAC off and STFU at last. Hehe, how simple actually :)
quote: I believe it only when I see MS market share growing, not falling like now.
quote: Heat will not just remain at the bottom because there are heat sinks on the hot chips that carry heat away through heat pipes and airflow caused by fans blowing.
quote: Not true, people put them everywhere including soft surfaces like their laps, where problems start to appear when their legs cover those damn air intakes.
quote: If Windows were really modern slick OS with no-nonsense design, we'd see registry dead many years ago, we'd see same simple drag-n-drop install/uninstall proceduses as in OS X, we'd see application bundles like in OS X, we'd see normal and not braindead network stack like in OS X, that doesn't throttle your transfers when you wanna listen some audio, we'd see UAC that doesn't pester user with same questions twice in a row (do you want to delete this file? yes! are you REALLY sure now? YES FUCK IT YEEESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!).
quote: See, when Apple realized in late 90s (when Jobs came back) that they have to really battle MS to survive, as well as find new growth markets (PMP and smartphones for now) - this is where their luck was turned 180 degrees
quote: It's only convenient because it's Apple
quote: Leaving your notebook on a soft surface will have the exact same effect regardless of whether it's a PC notebook or a MacBook, or whether it has bottom vents or not
quote: they would simply be a clone of OSX
quote: make all current software obsolete with the removal of the registry
quote: Let's see if Apple can support all of the different hardware configurations as well as providing functionality for an 800% rise in consumers
quote: Battling with Microsoft is putting something on the market that the consumers recognise as superior through their own experience, not through arrogant, petty and false marketing
quote: MS one is a heavily exploited security hole (conficker - rings any bells?) while Apple one is not.
quote: Wrong, because on MacBook there are no bottom air intake vents to block. When I block bottom incoming airflow vents on a PC while MacBook still gets its cool air through a keyboard intake - who's gonna win then? PC that has no air intake (blocked at the bottom) or MacBook with normal air intake unaffected by soft surface at the bottom ? Easy question, eh? ;)
quote: Is being a clone of a most advanced OS a necesarily bad thing? Whole undeground kingdom of clonemakers is making fortunes off the established brands, you know all these Soni, Adibas and other "chinese clones" - so why MS can't get rich the same way too? After all they cloned OS X dock, I liked it actually, but why not go further? I want my drag drop installers, I want my portable application bundles, I want my XML config files instead of MS-DOS registry. Just wait till MS clones this stuff too, it's a matter of time.
quote: They won't and they shouldn't, 'cause consumers buy PCs not because there are 1000000000 million configurations of them. I'm glad that Apple stays away from the idiocy of 1000s of the same parts but with different logos on them. We need the alternative to that to have a healthy competition between these business models (Apple and open PC).
quote: every PC OEM has ads, so marketing is not a real argument here. There's no principal difference between Apple ads and any other PC OEM ad, so tell your fairy tales to someone else please.