iPod temperature range

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  1. williamsonrg macrumors 6502

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    Quick question for folks with an iPod (isn't that most of us?):

    Now that it's winter, I've noticed that my 3G iPod's screen sometimes gets screwy when it's outside (it's been about 30 lately). I know that happens to displays when they get cold. So my question is twofold I suppose.

    1) Does that do permanent damage to the screen?

    2) Is it bad for my iPod to get too cold? Should I not walk to class with my iPod until March? I keep it in my pocket, but it still gets cold, obviously.

    Any advice, anecdotal or advice based on actual facts, would be appreciated.
     
  2. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    The operating temperature is somewhere in that like 30 to 90 some range, but it says you're safe from like -4 to like 115 or something like that as far as operation goes. Don't ask where I saw this, but it was on Apple's site somewhere in there specs. Let me look, actually...

    Environmental requirements


    Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)

    Non operating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)

    Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing

    Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)


    I do find it interesting that it works in planes, but that has to do with air pressure @ 30,000 feet IN A PLANE as opposed to outside.
     
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  4. williamsonrg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Gee thanks... :rolleyes:

    I knew it was in the tech specs, but I was hoping to hear from people with actual experience.
     
  5. williamsonrg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I found that on the Apple site. Interesting that there's such a difference between operating and non-operating. Seems to indicate that I should use it when walking to class when it's that cold. Although it might be warm enough in my pocket...

    Then it'd never work in a St. Louis summer when the humidity is 99%
    :rolleyes:

    I think most planes are pressurized to around 10,000 feet, aren't they? That would conicide precisely with the requirements.
     
  6. nagromme macrumors G5

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    iPods have a spinning HD, so I'd follow the specs. You don't want a disc crash. If it gets too cold, shut it down. (I wear mine in an inner pocket when it's cold. Then again, that has only happened to me once :D )
     
  7. 5300cs macrumors 68000

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    This is a good read: Batteries. Temperature also affects battery life. A lot.
     
  8. garybUK Guest

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    I had a mobile phone phone screen literally freeze once.... i defrosted it but it didn't like the rapid temperature change and cracked the screen.... phone worked but no display :( that was on a Nokia NK402
     
  9. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    I've used my iPod a lot in the winters. I used to live on an another part of Norway last year and it often got like -20°C there. I used the iPod inside my jacket with no problems. My i iPod is over 2.5 years old and still working (i still get about 5:30-6:00 battery..)
     
  10. DanTekGeek macrumors 6502

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    ive seen a picture of a first gen accidentaly dropped into the center of a bonfire. the case was a bit melted, but it works just fine.
     
  11. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    Don't roll your eyes at me... I didn't make the specs LOL. I don't know what planes are pressurized to, but it's certainly not 30,000 feet. LOL. I have used my iPod in ARIZONA when it was 108 - but I'm not sure about the humidity. I've used it in very humid Pennsylvania summers. I think they just say these things to cover themselves.
     
  12. williamsonrg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    NO offense intended, just rolling my eyes at the Midwest humidity. Thanks for relaying the specs though.
     

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