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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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What a bunch of idiots
By icanhascpu on 7/2/2009 4:44:30 PM , Rating: 0
-1 indeed.

But what the fuck? Any of you leave any of your smartphones in the sun accessing the network and what the fuck do you think is going to happen?

The anti-apple shit on this site is so many times more retarded than the people that you make fun of.

RE: What a bunch of idiots
By mindless1 on 7/2/2009 5:19:27 PM , Rating: 2
If this were a server, we could expect a certain climate requirement. A phone on the other hand obviously needs be able to function at all times, in all but the most severe temperatures... anywhere a human can expect to survive if they were continuously exposed to that climate.

Put simply, Apple did what they always do, make something slimmer and lower engineering margins without regard for the consequences, then spew nonsense until enough consumers get upset about it and it makes for popular news. The latter situation is not unique to Apple, but the former mostly is for products that are so overpriced versus the low end generic junk.

RE: What a bunch of idiots
By icanhascpu on 7/2/2009 7:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, what im getting at in my first post is that ALL smartphones made in the last few years will overheat. EVEN the expencive stuff, if left in the sun, while accessing data.

Yet Apple is berated for it, while even in the image of the article, Apple implemented a fail-safe to stop activity in such an event.

Honestly they CAN do better, but here is the thing: Dont leave you hightech stuff in the sun. This think is not a server with an AC running 24/7. Its a phone.

Also, how many of you people even own an iPhone? Do you even know what youre talking about not even owning one or are you gonna go tell your friends "I RED IT ON TEH INTERNET!"

RE: What a bunch of idiots
By aj28 on 7/6/2009 3:25:38 AM , Rating: 2
If this were a server, we could expect a certain climate requirement. A phone on the other hand obviously needs be able to function at all times, in all but the most severe temperatures... anywhere a human can expect to survive if they were continuously exposed to that climate.

Problem being, it isn't a phone, it's a smartphone, and what's more, it's the most powerful, graphically advanced smartphone currently on the market. You can't call it a "phone" and lump it in with the Nextel Brick designed for subzero operation in the rain. Do I agree with the design? No. But should consumers maybe start to look at those types of specifications before purchasing a product? Yes, or at least I think so. It's simple personal responsibility.

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