updated 12:50 pm EDT, Mon June 29, 2009
iPhone 3GS overheating
Some owners of the iPhone 3GS are finding their devices overheating, MacNN can confirm. Public accounts of problems originated in France, where one 16GB 3GS user has noted that his phone ran unusually hot during recent testing. The owner later discovered pink-tinged marks on the white backing of his device, roughly surrounding the location of the battery.
A MacNN staffer has meanwhile encountered the problem independently, with discoloration noticeable on the back of a white 32GB unit. A PC World author, Melissa Perenson, claims to have experienced a more serious incident while playing The Oregon Trail. Though her 16GB black phone's backing did not change color, the device as a whole is said to have heated up dramatically, to the extent that placing it against her face would have been painful. The phone was plugged into a wall socket during use.
Overheating phones should otherwise remain functional. Apple has not so far acknowledged the problem, though people may theoretically be able to secure an exchange at retail. The French iPhone user notes that when he attempted to contact Apple, the company only offered to hold his phone for five days of testing.