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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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C'mon Daily Tech
By elmikethemike on 7/2/2009 1:11:28 PM , Rating: -1
This is more of a blog than it is a news article, and why I'm having more and more trouble finding reputable news sites.

Like a Vampire, Sunlight Causes the iPhone to Overheat and Die, Says Apple?

Really? Apple said their product is like a vampire? Aside from that, the title alone is biased, as if to say all other cell phones can operate perfectly in extreme temperatures or in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

The blog is about the iPhone, yet you manage to mention MBP display failures. Then you mention the whole vampire thing, which smells of poor imagination and unoriginality. Then wrap it up with "Apple seems unwilling to agree". Has Apple been contacted and commented on the issue? Have they said anything beyond what's posted on their website?

All this is, is more anti-Apple drivel that garners lots of hits for websites. And the anti-Apple crowd eats up hand over fist.

And before anyone bashes me for "defending Apple", consider that I'm not defending Apple, I'm bashing Daily Tech for poor, biased writing. I don't even own an iPhone, I'm a Verizon customer.

RE: C'mon Daily Tech
By croc on 7/2/2009 9:42:07 PM , Rating: 3
The article was clearly labeled as a blog... Reading comprehension issues?

RE: C'mon Daily Tech
By elmikethemike on 7/2/2009 9:52:24 PM , Rating: 1
The point is a blog like this is not worthy of being front page news on Daily Tech.

RE: C'mon Daily Tech
By dark matter on 7/4/2009 4:11:14 PM , Rating: 1
I smell fried fanboi.

RE: C'mon Daily Tech
By aj28 on 7/6/2009 3:14:41 AM , Rating: 2
You did read his last little sentence there, right? I mean, you couldn't have missed it... The one at the end. Wait, what? You didn't? Oh. Shame for you there's no delete feature, because I smell fried dumbass.

RE: C'mon Daily Tech
By bfellow on 7/6/2009 10:36:52 AM , Rating: 1
Apparently iPhones are useless in Houston. Average temperature for the past 2 weeks was like 102 F.

RE: C'mon Daily Tech
By SiliconAddict on 7/8/2009 10:12:53 PM , Rating: 1
My G1 has been in the car for hours on the dash and is black. Works fine. If there is anyone who is full of crap is your average iTard defending a crap product.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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