Apple Issues Heat Warning for iPhone 3G and 3GS

apple-iphone-temperature-warning-thumb-250x375-3185Uh, oh. Looks like there is something to take seriously about the reports that some are experiencing heat issues with the iPhone 3GS and the earlier iPhone 3G running the 3.0 OS. Apple has issued an Heat Advisory warning users that they could experience problems in an environment where temperatures exceed 95 degrees Fahrenheit and depending on how heavy the tasks drive the processor. The article also talks about extreme cold as well. Coming as the users get ready to enjoy a forecast hot 4th of July weekend, this won’t sit well with many who want to video all those 4th of July barbecues and fireworks.

I’m sure this will bring peals of outrage especially since one of those processor intensive listed is playing music in direct sunlight. I’m guessing we’ll hear more about this in the days to come. On the face of this, I don’t think any geek worth his/her salt doesn’t already know that extreme heat and extreme cold can affect their devices, so this looks like a PR move to try and head off trouble ahead.

Via Gearlog

Comments

  1. Darren says

    If you can’t stand the heat, get the iPhone outta the kitchen. Wait, that’s not quite right…
    Apple says you can store the phone in temperatures of -20 to 45C, so pop it in the fridge; that should keep it nice and frosty =D.

  2. Sumocat says

    The 3.0 OS doesn’t relate to the heat warning. Reports of that temp warning screen circulated as early as a year ago. Was treated as sort of an urban myth for some reason, so they might just be assuring everyone that it’s a normal warning and not a sign that your iPhone will explode.

  3. Mickey Segal says

    There was a similar heat issue with the first set of Motion LS800 tablets, but some combination of hardware and software fixes, and getting a dock, made it so I never saw the problem again.

    The heat problem got a lot of publicity and was one of the reasons the LS800 was not taken as seriously as the innovation that it was. If Motion had as good a PR department as Apple, the LS800 might have been the beginning of a trend rather than a dead end.

  4. JC says

    It undoubtedly is a PR move. However, the heat advisory article has been at the Apple web site for months. The update was just to add “iPhone 3GS” to the page.

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