Simple Guidelines to Prevent iPhone Overheating


The iPhone 3GS continues to be a hot commodity despite customer complaints that have surfaced since its release in June. One of the biggest gripes has been overheating issues with the 3GS. Apple has done little to acknowledge any such issues as anything out of the ordinary, but have decided to publish a set of guidelines to help iPhone users ensure that their device remains at proper operating temperatures.

From Apple:

  • iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS should be used in environments where temperatures remain between 32 degrees and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures outside of this range could decrease battery life temporarily or effect performance.
  • iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS should be stored in locations where temperatures remain between -4 degrees and 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Note: Temperatures within sealed motor vehicles can exceed 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Don’t leave your iPhone in a vehicle during a hot day.
  • Don’t leave your iPhone in direct sunlight for any extended period of time – Avoid using data intensive applications, like GPS or streaming-media apps, for extended periods of time on hot days or while in direct sunlight.

iPhone owners who don’t follow these suggested best-practices could experience any of the following “symptoms:”

– iPhone could randomly cease charging
– iPhone display could become less bright
– iPhone cellular connection could weaken or diminish
– iPhone temperature warning screen could appear, rendering your device useless

Is this Apple advice acceptable enough to silence the rumblings over the overheating issues?  Only time will tell.


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