The 3GS iPhone has arrived, and it outperforms the iPhone 3G in every possible area…except one. There have been a rash of reports of overheating with the iPhone 3GS, sometimes extreme enough to melt plastic (these aren’t necessarily confirmed though, so don’t take that to heart). Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to take care of your iPhone 3GS and do everything that you can to avoid overheating issues.
Here’s a guide to keeping your iPhone 3GS from overheating.
1. Keep the iPhone 3GS out of hot cars. This sounds like an obvious tip, but so far, it’s the only tip that Apple has offered to resolve the iPhone 3GS overheating issues. According to Apple:
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.
Again, this should be pretty obvious, but it’s a good place to start if you’re having repeated overheating issues.
2. Don’t keep your iPhone 3GS in backpacks or other poorly ventilated areas. When the iPhone 3GS does get hot, that heat needs to dissipate to avoid permanent issues that could break it, and when you don’t provide ventilation, you give the heat nowhere to go but back into and around your iPhone. Keep the iPhone in your pocket, and if you notice that it’s getting warm, get it out into the open air as quickly as you can and leave it for a bit before using it.
3. Don’t use an iPhone that displays a temperature warning. If your iPhone 3GS is showing a temperature warning, don’t use it for a few hours. The temperature warning screen is a very serious indicator, and if you try to keep using the iPhone (especially to run apps), you’ll likely cause permanent issues that will essentially break your iPhone.
4. Report repeated overheating to Apple. Apple’s warranty should cover any defective iPhones that repeatedly overheat, so if you’re having repeated issues, be sure to call Apple as quickly as you can and discuss warranty replacement options. You shouldn’t be without a phone too long–in fact, in some cases you can simply go into an ATT store and switch out your iPhone for a new one, as long as they’re in stock.
Do you have any other tips for stopping the iPhone 3GS from overheating? Post in our comments section below.