I Wonder: Overheating iPhones

I Wonder: Overheating iPhones

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I Wonder: Overheating iPhones

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by REBEKAH HOOD / KVUE.com

kvue.com

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 19 at 6:05 PM

Can my iPhone overheat?

With temperatures consistently above 100 degrees outside, it’s not hard to believe that humans aren’t the only things overheating these days. Your smartphone is capable of overheating as well.

According to an email from Apple’s iPhone public relations department, “if the interior temperature of the iPhone exceeds normal operating temperatures, you may experience the following as it attempts to regulate its temperature:
• iPhone stops charging

• The screen dims 

• The cellular signal is weak

• A temperature warning screen appears”

That warning screen apparently appears when an internal sensor senses the  phone’s temperature has hit 113 degrees Fahrenheit. With Austin’s sweltering triple degree temperatures, if you were to leave your phone in the sun, or locked in your hot car, it’s not hard to imagine your phone reaching 113 degrees -- quickly.

I, along with several KVUE co-workers, have experienced this overheating personally. It is not fun – you cannot use her phone while the temperature warning is displayed, except to make an emergency call.

However, Apple also told me if the “iPhone can’t regulate its internal temperature, it goes into deep sleep mode until it cools.” In that case, you cannot make an emergency call. The phone must cool off before it can be used again.

My advice? Just as you protect your precious skin from the blazing hot sun, protect your cellular devices as well.

For more technical information about the iPhone click here.

Do you have a question for I Wonder? Send your question to iwonder@kvue.com.

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