IPhone 3GS and 3.0 update may cause overheating, say users

3 July 2009

It shouldn't come as too much of a shock to discover the iPhone won't work too well in a furnace, or on the surface of the Sun. But then neither would you expect it to get the arse when the weather's nice. That's exactly what's happening to some folk, however, and now there are rumours of an overheating problem with both the iPhone 3GS, or an issue with the 3.0 software update.

Whether there is a genuine fault or not, it's enough of an issue for Apple to publish a guide to "keeping iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS within acceptable operating temperatures", which some believe to be an admission of guilt. That advice essentially boils down (arf) to this:

  • Operate iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS where the temperature is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F)
  • Store iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS where the temperature is between -20º and 45º C (-4º to 113º F)
  • There's also a list of activities not to subject your handset to if you want to continue playing Flight Control on it. So remember not to:

  • Leave the device in a car on a hot day
  • Leave it in direct sunlight for extended amounts of time
  • Use certain applications in hot conditions or direct sunlight for long periods of time, such as GPS tracking in a car on a sunny day or listening to music while in direct sunlight
  • You can't use your iPhone when the temperature is below freezing? That rules out the temperate regions of the Earth for several months of the year. And you can't listen to music on a sunny day, unless your iPhone is covered up? Seems the iPhone is good for indoor use, or short periods in Spring and Autumn. Cheers!

    This is the warning you may receive if your iPhone overheats, just so you know. Why are Apple keen to point out this rather strict set of operating guidelines? Because some are suggesting the overheating is actually a manufacturing defect with the 3GS and 3.0 firmware - in particular those who now have a discoloured case because of it. Such a defect would be a disaster for the iPhone - perhaps Apple are hoping that a quickly published guide will shift liability back to the consumer.

    [PCWorld]

    TOPICS:   Mobile

    19 comments

    • Name (.
      Hurray! Another iPhone post - it's been too long!
    • Martin
      So it's a great phone... as long as you don't want to use it when it's sunny! Better make sure you only go driving in the rain. Or maybe this is so apple can start selling a new gadget to keep it shaded.
    • sirspunkalot
      And we all thought the lack of picture messaging or recording videos or bluetooth file transfer was bad. Can't use the phone in the sun? Genius!
    • numberwang
      new "sun proof" i-phone 3GSP coming out next month........... £400 please apple \/ below will be comments from i-people and macfags bitching about the "haters" saying that if you cant afford the i-phone then you are jealous or some shit.....
    • Sean
      Cant use the iPhone when its below 0ºc ? Well, looks like all the iFags are screwed in England when it gets to Winter then eh. Mind you, they're all the poncy fag types who won't go outside at the thought of cold weather anyway, I guess... And now, back to our scheduled "u r only jellus cos u can knot afford the iphone!" bullshit
    • Craig
      LOL funny that the first people to post are the haters before the fanboys! Get a fucking grip people! Yes its bollocks that they now seem to have started giving temperature guidelines and is absolute wank that the phone is having this problem in the first place. But this is a reason why as an iPhone 3G user I waited till it had been out for a good while and was tried and tested. I noticed it can get hot (but so can all phones) but have had no warnings and no discolouration. So by my experience (I use it for running, on the dashboard for GPS and in my pocket a lot) I have no issue meaning its probably just the 3GS (thank god!) and not the software. I'm sure that my post will spark all kinds of remarks about me being an 'iFag' or a fanboy but lets face it. When you've read this message and are typing up your response I'll be busy doing something interesting...or productive!
    • RSG
      u monkeys lol this is not true the temp warning was just an app.screensaver thats all..there is nothing wrong with the 3gs..and this comign from an iphone hater
    • Lumoruk
      My iphone just went up in flames...it burned so hot it left no visible sign that it ever existed in the first place
    • numberwang
      /\ lucky fucker
    • The S.
      @ numberwang, they're all watching that jock lose at Wimbledon
    • Namer
      The quality control on the 3GS seems to be lacking, for these first batches at least.
    • David t.
      Yes Craig, you'll be 'busy doing something interesting or productive' - just like we were doing while you typed up your epic that basically said 'I = iFag' GG, you just pwned yourself.
    • raymanisanoob
      wow you guys psot everything late.
    • Ten B.
      [...] The iPhone – too hot to handle if the temperature gets a little bit too hot. [...]
    • A T.
      [...] IPhone 3GS and 3.0 update may cause overheating, say users … [...]
    • Unlock 3.
      Is the iphone 4 jailbreak and unlock solution out yet? iphone dev only has upto unlock iphone 3.1.3 3gs or os 4 beta on 3gs
    • iphone_addict
      As of July 15th, there's no official jailbreak that works for iPhone 4 on the iOS4.0. I also hope it will be out soon.
    • gadgets
      I can't wait to jail break my iPad...
    • Kiki
      Hi RSG My daughters phone is doing it please could you tell me how to get rid of screensaver. Thanks Kiki Posted by RSG | July 3rd, 2009 at 3:48 pm u monkeys lol this is not true the temp warning was just an app.screensaver thats all..there is nothing wrong with the 3gs..and this comign from an iphone hater

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