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silvermoon

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Does anyone notice that the phone can get hot to the touch? From what I can tell, it happens when the gps is going or it is plugged into the charger for awhile.


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My iPhone got so hot while I was sitting in the sun listening to music that it stopped working until I went inside. It gave me that overheated message.


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Europa

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My iPhone got so hot while I was sitting in the sun listening to music that it stopped working until I went inside. It gave me that overheated message.
Yeah, direct sunlight will do that. That wasn't what he was referring to, though.
 

Europa

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I see. Well, when my situation happened, I didn't know it could do that until it did.
I've had happen several times in July since it gets so hot in my location. It's usually when I'm talking on the phone and in temps exceeding 110° Fahrenheit.
 
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I've had happen several times in July since it gets so hot in my location. It's usually when I'm talking on the phone and in temps exceeding 110° Fahrenheit.
Yeah. I'm from Florida, so we get heat a lot of the year. I'm used to it, but if it gets above 90 that's hard to be in. Anyways, I don't want to change the subject. But yeah, the iPhone in the heat isn't a good idea for a long period.


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djwindsor

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Uncheck in <settings EGG COOK MODE.
Seriously, mine runs pretty cool because I have it mounted near an AC vent when using it for NAV in my car.


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silvermoon

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I knew in general that iPhones get pretty hot, but I didn't think they would get so hot to cause a burn. There has been a couple times where the phone is hot that I will wait for awhile to make a call. Are there any suggestions on cooling off the iPhone?


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Not an iPhone expert, but too hot to hold is likely defective and if not soon will be faulty. If you can bring it to Apple hot, than one recommend doing so.

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Europa

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I knew in general that iPhones get pretty hot, but I didn't think they would get so hot to cause a burn. There has been a couple times where the phone is hot that I will wait for awhile to make a call. Are there any suggestions on cooling off the iPhone?
If it's getting so hot that it will cause a burn, it's probably defective and needs to be replaced.
 

silvermoon

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#14
Just an update on the overheating problem, I noticed it really heated up in California. Since being back in Washington where the weather is cold, the phone is keeping really cool.


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dmoskaluk

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Never had iPhone 4S ( either mine or my wife's) get warmer than 'luke-warm' ( like hour old tea ) even in the warm climate of Barbados in the Caribbean. This is either with use or charging. Hot enough to have one wish to put it down is not right at all, and considering that Lithium battery fires can be self sustaining ( a few documented horror stories ) I'd get it sorted out and SOON !


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Just an update on the overheating problem, I noticed it really heated up in California. Since being back in Washington where the weather is cold, the phone is keeping really cool.


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Yep. If the weather is hot so is your device. Even other things get hot as well :) Good news that it's okay now
 

dmoskaluk

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I wonder then if the 'glass' body of the iPhone 4 and 4s is conducting ( or insulating) heat in a more efficient way than the aluminium chassis of the later models ( 5/5S) of phone. Temperatures here are normally 26-31 ish ( 80's to low 90's) and yes, phones get slightly warm, but HOT rarely describes normal operation. I saw a post earlier, on a similar thread, by a retired fireman, who also had concerns. I guess the 'Spidey Sense' ( a subconscious instinct) developed during his working years, as well as mine ( as a retired airline pilot) triggers when 'hot' and 'electronics' are used in the same sentence. There has been lots of controversy in the airline safety arena re overheated lithium batteries in devices which may be in luggage, either checked or carry on, and exactly how it can be proactively dealt with. And 'iPhone fires' in airplane cabins, although rare, have happened often enough to 'raise the official eyebrow' in many parts of the world.
About the 'even other things' :)........ I'll leave that for you younger people to worry about !