Iphone 3GS locked out - Temperature Warning

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by metallidud, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. metallidud macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    This happened 4 days ago. My 3 yr old 3GS was plugged into the car charger and was playing Pandora streaming music and I was also using GPS on Google Maps. All this activity heated up the phone and I received a Temperature Warning. I turned off the phone and let it cool off. Now whenever I turn it on, it shows the same temperature warning.

    Changing the battery did not help. Resetting the phone (by pressing the home and power button) did not help. Keeping it off for 8-10 hours did not help. Connecting it to the laptop to see if I can access the hard drive did not help.

    Has anyone experienced this and revived the phone ? I guess I toasted the hardware and there is no way out but I just wanna check here and see if there is any help. Google search showed some similar cases but most of them got the home screen back after cooldown and other forums didnt have any resolution.

    Thanks in advance !
    i should have backed up the phone more often. I will probably loose about 3-4 months of photos. I really hope that i can save the photos by some magic....
    The warning screen looks like this : http://www.geek.com/gearlog/assets_c/2009/07/Apple iphone temperature warning-thumb-250x375-3185.jpg
  2. Hpye macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    Go to Apple store and make an appointment with Genius Bar. Apple has the best customer service in the world, and you should take advantage of that. If you are lucky they might swap your phone. :D
  3. metallidud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    Thanks Hype..
    Yes I already did. The guy didn't know what to do. He just asked me to buy a new phone. He said he could try doing a hardware reset but that would wipe out the pics/vids. So I thought Id wait and explore other options.
  4. b0bab0i macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2012
    Make another appointment and talk to another Genius guy.

    This actually happened to my phone, same Temp message popped up because i left the phone in the car during the summer and it was 100+ degrees.I just let the phone cool down and it worked like normal again.

    Maybe there's a temp sensor and it got busted? You can also try bringing it to a iPod Repair shop.
  5. metallidud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    ok. I will try another Genius and see what happens.
    I took it to one shop and the guy was pretty confident it was the battery. He changed the battery and it didn't make a difference. I have an appt with another iphone repair guy tomorrow. fingers crossed...
    Thanks !
  6. metallidud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    update... I finally did a restore and it worked.. Unfortunately lost a few pics but at least the phone is back up. ios6 is working great on 3GS. Apple maps isnt great but browser based google maps works fine on ios6.

    Thanks !

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