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MacBytes
Jul 18, 2009, 11:28 PM
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Link: More details on the immersion sensors of Apple (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20090719002805)
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Flore
Jul 20, 2009, 04:34 AM
Say whatever you want about Apple placing them everywhere, but these articles are so annoying and poorly researched.

If you look at Apple's wording...

The indicators will not be triggered by temperature and humidity that is within the product's environmental requirements described by Apple.

... it is entirely correct, despite the author claiming otherwise, since the environmental requirements for an iPod Touch for example are...

Operating temperature: 32 to 95 F (0 to 35 C)
Nonoperating temperature: -4 to 113 F
(-20 to 45 C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing

... and they used 95% humidity (fine with that, even if it is the highest treshold) but 55 C, so this is simply out of the minimum environmental requirements Apple claims for these products.

If it turns pink/red due to the above circumstances, they can claim you used it outside these requirements and it voids the warranty.
And this is perfectly fine.

ddavid
Jul 20, 2009, 11:41 AM
I think the article suggests that is possible to turn the sensors pink due to high humidity and high temp over time, which Apple says is not possible. The author suggests, without testing or any other supporting facts, that it is entirely possible for a user in a hot, humid locale such as Florida could have pink sensors with 100F temps and 98% humidity. (this is pretty common in Florida) It would not matter if you used the device in these conditions or not.

I've seen a lot of discussion about these sensors in the iPhone forum and think that it is much more likely that an iPhone/iPod could get tripped sensors without immersion. The following Apple statement to their employees suggests that there may be some level of discretion with regard to tripped sensors "Important: If you see a triggered LSI, inspect all adjacent modules for liquid damage." Unfortunately some have reported that if Apple sees any pink or red in any of the iPhone sensors that they will void the warranty without checking the other sensors to verify immersion.

wlh99
Jul 20, 2009, 11:56 AM
I often have my iPhone in the bathroom while I shower. Even with the bathroom very steamy many times over the past year, they sensors have not activated.

nagromme
Jul 20, 2009, 12:43 PM
I often have my iPhone in the bathroom while I shower. Even with the bathroom very steamy many times over the past year, they sensors have not activated.

Yikes! I'd be afraid to do that. I don't even leave my electric razor in there.

What worries me with my iPhone is when I take a call AFTER showering and my hair is only partly dry. Wet hair could easily dangle into the headphone jack.