iPhone Overheating: Apple Blames The Weather

08/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Reports began circulating on the web last week that the new Apple iPhone 3GS was regularly overheating. The phone, released on June 19, would become warm during use -- in some cases allegedly too hot to handle -- and the screen would become discolored. Was there a design glitch in Apple's new roll-out?

After almost a week of silence, Apple has posted a warning on one of their support sites. And they blame... "the weather," according to a cheeky headline in a British newspaper.

In its message, Apple says that the iPhone has a safety feature which warns users that the device is becoming too hot. As well as leaving the handset in a car, it says that the phone may overheat when left in direct sunlight for prolonged periods, when GPS tracking is used in a car on a hot day or when its iPod function is used in direct sunlight. [...]

iPhone 3GS users on Mac forums complain, however, that the handset becomes hot when it is not being used in a car. In a posting on the forum, one user complained that using the new device's video recording feature had caused it to overheat while another complained that after carrying his phone in a backpack, it got so hot that the plastic case became distorted with tiny bumps.

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