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