Concerns of iPhone 3GS Overheating and Discoloration Gaining Publicity

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last week, Nowhere Else began receiving reports [Google translation] from owners of the white iPhone 3GS that had experience significant overheating, leading in some cases to distinct pink or brown discoloration on the iPhone's back case. A later report from Wired suggested that faulty battery cells may be the cause of the overheating and could lead to a significant recall of the affected iPhones.


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    A number of reports today have pointed to an Apple support document providing advice on how to keep iPhones from overheating as an acknowledgement of the problem on the part of Apple. As Macworld points out, however, the document was originally posted many months ago, and was recently updated only to add references to the iPhone 3GS to the existing ones for the iPhone 3G. According to the Apple document, an overheating iPhone will display a warning screen and become inoperable with the exception of allowing emergency phone calls to be made. Apple also describes several situations that can lead to activation of the temperature warning screen.
    While heat is definitely a concern for any electronic device, particularly ones like the iPhone that pack a significant amount of power into a small space, Apple assures its iPhone 3G and 3GS customers that the devices do meet international safety standards for such devices. At this time, Apple has made no official response to these latest reports of overheating and discoloration on the new iPhone 3GS.

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  2. macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    "GPS tracking in a car on a sunny day"

    So no SatNav in California, for example.

    Lame, Apple. Very lame.

    They rushed it out again.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    Listening to music in the sun...

    No one would ever do that! :rolleyes:
  4. macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2007
  5. macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    woops..guess cant listen to music while sittin on a bench, or gps while driving..:p
  6. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Umm, but this is for white iPhones only... so I won't mind. I'm going to get a black.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    These are the same problems Apple has had on a lot of other products. You would think they would have gotten it by now. You would think that after the third iPhone they would have gotten it.
  8. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
  9. macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2009
    That discolouration... is terrible!

    I think white, and black plastic looks tacky. The only thing worse is glossy black!
    I wonder if the black version will do the same thing over time, with a greyish discolouration.
  10. macrumors regular


    Nov 27, 2006
    Republic of Texas
    You racist! (just kidding by the way...hahaha)
  11. macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    Its not heat, the iPhone is blushing from all the naughty naked bodies on it.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    I'm guess it affects them just the same, only it's harder to tell, crashes and errors aside.
  13. macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    meh put your hand on an apple tv...that thing is burning all the time...

    this isnt news....
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Who would drive a car on a sunny day anyways? :eek:
  15. macrumors 68040

    Jul 30, 2003
    The iPhone's primary purpose is certainly not be used as a dash-mounted GPS navigation device. Or would you say that any smartphone that cannot be used as a dash-mounted navigation device is not a viable product?
  16. macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2008
    Talking to someone late last night for about 45 mins. I noticed the phone was getting very warm, so I ended the call and took off the phone.

    My house was about in 65-67's, so it was pretty cold.

    I do not notice any discolorations though.
  17. macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    my samsung gets high after a half hour call as well..

    the phone will be hot...thats to be expected..

    hot to the point of not picking it up = not to be expected.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    The phone is designed with GPS and ATT sells their GPS service. Its not viable for Apple to avoid and not acknowledge this specific problem.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2003
    Mineapolis, MN
    That's an interesting pattern of discoloration. I wonder if it provides some clue as to what's happening. For example, does the battery touch the case in those places? Also, is there some way this might be color transfer from a case? I've only seen two pictures so far, so it could be something simple like that.

    For what it's worth, I know about four people with new iPhone 3GS's, and no one has experienced any excess heat.
  20. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Too many features for such a small device to push. Now faster!
  21. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    You have to actually put more feeling into it, like so:

    YOU racist bastard!:D:D
  22. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    Have had two 32GB Black 3GS models, both run at room temp (approx 80F room temp)
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007
    I don't know about you, but I very rarely expose the music playing device to direct sunlight.

    Just a nostalgic habit - you could kill your tapes with direct sunlight back in the days, you know :D
  24. macrumors member


    Feb 18, 2008
    Possibly Good news - I got a white one because that was all was in the store at 32Gb but I am starting to regret not sticking with black - If it turns pink it's going back and I'll get a black one.
  25. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Molten cassettes does take me back.

    My friend had his iPhone out buy the pool and got a heat warning message. I guess the sun in Illinois is just too much. :rolleyes:

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