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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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By themaster08 on 7/3/2009 5:21:35 AM , Rating: 2
MS one is a heavily exploited security hole (conficker - rings any bells?) while Apple one is not.

Here's a nice colourful picture on how to avoid Conficker that even you can understand:-

If a user is not taking these very fundamental steps anyway then they're simply an idiot.

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? ;)

Just because there are no bottom vents to block, that doesn't necessarily make it beneficial, particularly on a soft surface.
Whilst the MacBook is getting cool air though a keyboard intake, it'll still be affected by hands getting in the way of airflow, plus the LCD panel will block much of the airflow from that particlar angle.

Not only that, but the surface (hard or soft) will still become heated as air will not be curculating across the bottom and the surface will be insulating the heat, thus having the exact same effect. Regardless of where the intakes are, components will still become extremely hot if the notebook is placed on a soft surface. Period.

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.

"Most advanced OS" is subject to opinion.

Yes it would be a bad thing for Microsoft to clone OSX, because to do that would be discarding their own market. I very much doubt that discarding 90% of the market would be beneficial to anyone.

Sure, these chinese clones make money, but their market share is insignificant. Microsoft has ~90% market share, and that hasn't happened through making clones for 30 years. Perhaps they have taken some ideas from OSX in latter years, but their OS is far from a clone and even you will agree with that one.

Whether you think their OS is dated or not, people buy it. You buy it. I'm sure Microsoft will entirely discard the most popular and profitable software lineup ever, and clone OSX just for you, if you you ask them nicely enough. If you want everything you listed, get a Mac. That's all there is to it.

If you have that much of a problem with Windows, use Linux and run your games through Wine, Cedega or CrossOver

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).

They won't and they shouldn't, because they're making more than enough money as it is, without the added hassle of supporting a much wider range of hardware configurations.

So people don't use Windows because it's compatible with their hardware platform? Given the chance, I'm sure OSX would have a much larger user base if it supported the hardware configurations that Windows does.

If you like alternatives then where would the sense be in Microsoft making a clone of OSX?

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.

The only difference being that PC OEM advertisements advertise their own product and usually provide information on specs and other details.

They do not directly, falsely and arrogantly insult the competition to lure in gullible comsumers. But sure, this is just a fairytale. I'm making all of this up.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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