As the world gets hot under the collar about the new Apple iPhone 3GS, a small but vocal group of owners are finding cases of overheating in the must-have handset.
Many users claim the 3GS gets incredibly hot in the battery area of the device, going as far as to say that the heat has caused discolouration in the plastic-backed case.
Initial reports stemmed from French sites including Nowhere Else, where forum users complained of the iPhone 3GS heating to almost untouchable levels during 3G/wi-fi usage, and in turn turning the white case into a reddish colour.
PC World blogger Melissa J Perenson reported her iPhone became “very, very hot” during use while plugged into a power point.
“Toasty doesn’t even describe how surprisingly hot it got,” she wrote. “It was too hot to even put the phone against my face.”
The faster processor under the bonnet could have been a contributor to why the latest 3GS model is such a scorcher, but the fact that both the iPhone 3G and original iPhone have sported similar charging and overheating problems in the past makes this something that Apple cannot ignore.
Apple has declined to comment on these issues at present.