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What does the iPhone and vampires have in common? Both apparently can be killed by sunlight. Apple says that the following warning can occur when its phone gets exposed to sunlight.  (Source: Apple)
Apple finally responds to reports about its heat issues

Apple has been having plenty of headaches lately with its MacBook Pro displays failing and experiencing distortion.  Worse yet is the iPhone 3G S's quality problems, which include reported overheating and signal issues.  

The overheating was first noted in Apple support forums.  Soon, though, writers at several tech publications -- PC WorldWired, Le Journal Du Geek and The Telegraph -- began to notice the problems on their own phones.  The Le Journal Du Geek writer posted pictures of a white phone and noticed that the overheating was so severe that it colorized the plastic.  The heat tended to turn the case pink or brown.

Now, Apple has at last issued a response and it is assigning the blame for the problem on its users' behavior, sunlight, and on the seasons.  Apple says that leaving the device in a car on a hot day is one possible culprit causing its phone to overheat.  Apparently, like a vampire the phone is no friend of the sun --  Apple states that "leaving it in direct sunlight for extended amounts of time" may cause it to overheat.

Apple lists the use of "GPS tracking in a car on a sunny day or listening to music while in direct sunlight" as two particularly dangerous operations.

According to Apple the following problems are the result of the iPhone's overheating:

  • The device stops charging
  • Display dims
  • Weak cellular signal
  • Temperature warning screen appears with the message "iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it" (see image below)

Apple says that the iPhone is only meant to operate at temperatures between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F) and be stored at temperatures between -20º and 45º C (-4º to 113º F).  Unfortunately, this is much lower than the temperatures experienced in much of the American South and Southwest.

Based on Apple's stance it seems there's no immediate solution for iPhone owners.  Apple seems unwilling to agree that its hardware needs revision to deal with the problem, instead assigning the blame elsewhere -- the sun, heat, and summer weather.  And that means as summer temperatures heat up, users are left to prepare for the worst -- their phones beginning to fail.

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RE: Really?
By Hypernova on 7/2/2009 10:38:35 AM , Rating: 5

RE: Really?
By MrBlastman on 7/2/2009 10:43:22 AM , Rating: 5
The iSun is the iVamps worst enemy. Watch out though, iGarlic is just around the corner and the iWolves are just waiting on pounce on them at any moment.

I suppose we should call apple fans iFans™, genetically modified for Apple implantability? Oh wait, that would make the iDrones...

Hmm, the possibilities are endless.

RE: Really?
By Proxes on 7/2/2009 11:05:14 AM , Rating: 4

RE: Really?
By diego10arg on 7/2/2009 11:14:50 AM , Rating: 5
You suck? or just the phone?

RE: Really?
By koenshaku on 7/2/2009 11:16:28 AM , Rating: 3
lmao thank the maker they were sold out last week, I would have felt like an ass if I got a warning message that my phone needed to cool down while I was using it for directions with a 2 year contract sheesh!

RE: Really?
By Omega215D on 7/2/2009 11:50:04 AM , Rating: 5
I vant to suck you're wallet. Ahh!! sunlight!!!

long horizontal white line, then a fades to a white dot and piff....

RE: Really?
By 67STANG on 7/2/2009 12:16:11 PM , Rating: 5
Not really anything new. Steve Jobs has been preying on humans 1976.

The phone should probably come with some sort of a coolant, really. I'm thinking kool-aid?

RE: Really?
By MrBlastman on 7/2/2009 1:20:56 PM , Rating: 5
They serve the kool-aid in the apple store shortly before people make their purchase...

RE: Really?
By Spuke on 7/2/2009 6:40:42 PM , Rating: 1
They serve the kool-aid in the apple store shortly before people make their purchase...
LMAO!!!!! That was awesome!!!

RE: Really?
By cheetah2k on 7/5/2009 5:50:03 PM , Rating: 2
Its any wonder Apple didnt install a temp shut down alarm setting at 34 degrees...

I could imagine a bright flashing screen coming up and then the following phrase....

"Your iphone temp is reaching critical mass.. One more degree and your fuked"

RE: Really?
By chagrinnin on 7/5/2009 11:27:45 PM , Rating: 1
Main Entry:(2) fuke
Function:transitive verb
Inflected Form(s):fuked; fuk·ing; fuclear
1 : to attack or destroy with or as if with fuclear bombs
2 : fuclear meltdowns occur to iphones left in the sun
3 : often mispronounced "fu-ku-lar"

RE: Really?
By bribud on 7/2/2009 1:02:06 PM , Rating: 4

RE: Really?
By xphile on 7/3/2009 4:00:06 AM , Rating: 2
iThink he refers to the official Apple support terminology for the method users are being advised to implement to cool their phones down...

"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
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