iPhone SE Does iPhone SE have heating issues?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by cleanair, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. cleanair macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2015
    I am trying to decide which iPhone model to buy.

    When I tried iPhone SE in an Apple store, just browsing using the internet browser made the upper part heat up pretty bad. I was guessing if a mere internet browsing does that, perhaps the same thing will happen when using the camera? Is this normal for iPhone SE to heat up on the top portion, with a little activity?

    Also a family member has an iPhone 6s plus, and I noticed that when charging it with a portable battery that it overheat to a point it was hard to touch the phone. Is this normal?

    What about iPhone 7+, does it not heat up like iPhone 6 plus does while charging?
  2. MC6800 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2016
    That phone may have been doing a lot of new-system background downloading or indexing or something, as mine stays cold when browsing (even YouTube). Filming video warms up the area around the camera but not too hot to touch.
  3. cleanair thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2015
    Can anyone else share their experience with SE heating?
  4. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
    I have had a SE since it’s launch and no heating issues except when updating iOS software.
  5. ryankul macrumors regular

    May 6, 2014
    Use my SE for a lot and stays quite cool in my opinion. Compared to my Moto G4 or other Android handsets its way cooler.
  6. fartnugget213 macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2017
    I have a 7+ Red, and I only charge it using a (powerbank + OEM lightning usb cable) or (anker 18w brick + anker powerplus cable), never have any heating issues when charging.

    I could be using the phone playing a game while charging and I won't really have it heat up too much.
  7. cleanair thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2015
    Has anyone used the 5, 5s, and SE before? How does the heat compare?
    The last iPhone I had that didn't heat up was 5. But the lack of fingerprint function was makes me want to get the 5s or SE, specifically SE because it's newer, but worried about heating up...

    So does the 5s heat up?
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    That's interesting, I wonder why the one at the Apple store heats up.
  8. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Because the screen is on during most of the day?
  9. cleanair, Nov 12, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2017

    cleanair thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2015
    But it wasn't heated up despite being on all the time when I first touched it. It was only when I started use Safari that it started heating up on the top part.
  10. MC6800 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2016
    Do you remember what sites you were browsing, so we could try reproducing it?
  11. cleanair thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2015
  12. MC6800 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2016
    Don't know what to say, I can't replicate it. With the SE charging and watching CNN and YouTube through Safari full screen, it warms to a bit over body temperature in a minute and stays there. It's spread over the entire back (with no case), not at the top.

    Something else was going on with that SE in the store. If you run into it again you may want to bring it to their attention.
  13. anitak1982 macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2017
    West Central Ohio
  14. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    Before purchasing the X, I used my SE everyday with no heating issues whatsoever.

    The phone displays are on the majority of the day, so that could be a factor. I honestly wouldn't let it impact your decision on which model to buy.

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