∞ Apple's heat warning, not really a warning

I don’t doubt that some people are having heat issues with their new iPhone 3GSs, but watching some publications jump on an innocuous support note from Apple is disturbing. iPhone 3GSAn article on PC World on Thursday says that “Apple Admits iPhone Overheating Issues — Sort of.” Well, no, either they admitted they have an overheating problem or they didn’t–which is it?

What some people are trying to do is shoehorn a tech note into fulfilling the story they want to write. Unfortunately, that’s not what Apple said.

What the tech note does do is give optimum operating temperatures for the iPhone. It also offers these tidbits of advice to keep the iPhone from overheating.


  • Leave the device in a car on a hot day.
  • Leave it in direct sunlight for extended amounts of time.
  • Use certain applications in hot conditions or direct sunlight for long periods of time, such as GPS tracking in a car on a sunny day or listening to music while in direct sunlight.

That’s hardly a “warning” of the problem that some users are reporting. This is more like a warning to idiots who don’t realize that leaving the iPhone in the hot sun is going to affect the device.

Since Apple didn’t say it, I’ll add a couple more for you:


  • Bake your iPhone in an oven.
  • Put your iPhone in a pot of boiling water.
  • Drop your iPhone in a Volcano.

When Apple comes out and says something like, “We are aware of an issue that has caused some iPhones to overheat. We are investigating the issue and will report back our results.,” then I’ll believe it. Until then they didn’t admit anything.