Owner alleges iPhone 3G became red hot
German Swiss man has alleged his recently purchased iPhone 3G mysteriously overheated, almost to the point of catching fire, he said.
After an unsuccessful attempt to sync the three-week-old handset with his PC, the fellow discovered the device to have become very hot, he told Swiss German-language site 20 Minutes.
So hot, in fact, that on making a call immediately afterward, he says he was forced to swap the phone back and forth from ear to ear to avoid discomfort.
He soon detected the tell-tale niff of smoldering plastic, and was shocked to see the iPhone glow "red from the inside out". The phone's backplate become blistered and charred, he maintains.
A heat-damaged iPhone?
Image courtesy 20 Minuten
Alas, the pic he took of the damage is inconclusive, with the marks looking like cracks or grazes.
Still, the event is not good news for Apple, already under fire over allegations that the new handset's 3G connectivity isn't up to scratch. useless.
Apple iPhone 3G
Idiot or Liar
Idiot - if it gets too hot to hold against your face you would stop using it.
I think he is a lying bastard.
@ the swiss Anon Coward
The Swiss/German reference is because of this article here:
People should not post comments before having read all the articles those at dem Register kindly donate us every given day.
However, if you look like one, and talk like one ( and have no sense of humour either ), maybe you are German
Paris because they speak French instead ( and I like her a lot )
Re: Oh really?
The signal of 3G fluctuates normally because the cell you are in gets smaller due to higher volumes of traffic, essentially the more traffic on the cell the smaller that cell gets. Either that or cars / lorrys in the right place can affect it and certainly weather
How sad am I...
...when I see an Apple story and search to see if Webster's done another classic "balanced" rant?
I really must get my coat on and get out more.
3rd party cases
The iPhone pumps out a lot of heat. I notice this first when watching movies and TV shows on my first gen iPhone. The phone would act strange, after a prolong period of use. I decided heat was a real issue. I quickly dumped the 3rd party protective cover for my iPhone and let the phone breath. The back gets warm, but never as hot as it once did. I've decided that the metal back-plate on my 1st gen phone is as much a style choice as a heat sink. Covering the iPhone was just locking in the heat (and asking for trouble). The iPhone is built well enough to survive without a case or cover.
How many of the overheating issues can be traced back to covered iPhones and 3rd party protective devices?