Apple Admits iPhone 3GS Overheats

Problematic temperatures come worryingly close to UK extremes - so what about everywhere else?!

What would it take to make an iPhone 3GS overheat? Apparently just the current English summer…

After a number of reports about heat problems with Apple’s newest (and most expensive) handset the company has come clean about its worrying frailty to hot and cold climates and bundled the 3G along for the ride. It explained:

“Operate iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in a place where the temperature is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). Low- or high-temperature conditions might temporarily shorten battery life or cause the device to temporarily stop working properly. Store iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in a place where the temperature is between -20º and 45º C (-4º to 113º F). Don’t leave the device in your car, because temperatures in parked cars can exceed this range.”

Side effects suffered by the handsets if they exceed these acceptable temperatures:

  • The device stops charging
  • Display dims
  • Weak cellular signal
  • Temperature warning screen appears with the message “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it”

Apple stresses that both the iPhone 3G and 3GS comply with safety standards around the global having passed UL 60950-1 in the US, CSA 60950-01 in Canada, EN60950-1 in Europe and AS/NZS 60950:1 in Australia and New Zealand. This is all well and dandy but by comparison Nokia tests its handsets to withstand temperatures of between -40 and 185º F (-40º C and 85º C). Quite what iPhone owners in Nordic and South American countries therefore make of this probably doesn’t bear repeating.

Interestingly, all the iPhone overheating reports we’ve heard to date have centred on the 3GS with the 3G seemingly immune. Has Apple tried to cleverly tie in the 3G so its track record puts peoples’ minds at ease? Couldn’t possibly comment…

Apple Temperature Announcement

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