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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.
- Leaving the device in a car on a hot day.
- Leaving it in direct sunlight for extended amounts of time.
- Using 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.
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.

Article Link: Concerns of iPhone 3GS Overheating and Discoloration Gaining Publicity
 

djellison

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Feb 2, 2007
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"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.
 

Axl Rose

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

synth3tik

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Oct 11, 2006
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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.
 

almost30boohoo1

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May 21, 2009
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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.
 

windywoo

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

iOrlando

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

this isnt news....
 

manu chao

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Jul 30, 2003
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"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.
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?
 

ryhno45

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Oct 13, 2008
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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.
 

iOrlando

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Jul 20, 2008
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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.

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.
 

slipper

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Nov 19, 2003
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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?

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.
 

dwsolberg

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Dec 17, 2003
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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.
 

swagi

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Sep 6, 2007
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Listening to music in the sun...

No one would ever do that! :rolleyes:

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
 

zengod

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Feb 18, 2008
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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.
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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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
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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