​Smart phones and summer in Australia

Extreme temperatures during summer in the waste require that you take special protection with your iPhone or tablet. During our milder months, I often travel around the city with my tablet in a case under the seat in my car. 


Here's the point -- in summer I never leave electronics in the car. What do I mean by summer? Here in Adelaide, temperatures can reach 31 digits as early as September and continue until January.

I have an iPhone and an iPad. Apple Inc. advises that operating those devices at temperatures above 35°C may result in reduced battery life or unexpected behaviours Truthfully, I am never outside long enough with my phone to have it reach 35°C because I am in and out of air conditioning. I don't work outside, and I don't lie around on the beach with it.

If you are not operating the phone or tablet, summing up it in a place where the temperature gets to 45°C or higher may make certain features stop working, or the device may stop working altogether. It might stop charging, the camera flash may stop working, or the entire display might go dim or black. You should never leave your iPhone or tablet in your vehicle during our hot summers. Even if it is not left in direct sunlight, the temperature in the car becomes extensively higher than the temperature outside. How much higher? The temperature inside a closed vehicle that has been sitting in our hot sun can reach over 55°C in a very short time. If you've ever parked outside when it's 44°C, you will know how the car heart feels when you return and first get inside. It's what I describe as take-your-breath-away hot. That's no place for your iPhone.

Similarly, you should not leave it in direct sunlight. If the device does overheat, it will try to protect the components by turning features or the device itself off until it cools down.

Apple advises that if your iPhone or iPad exhibits signs of overheating, turn off the device, move it to a cooler place, and allow it to cool down before turning it back on. Ten minutes should usually do the trick. Can your iPhone be permanently damaged? It's possible, but it is likely that the battery will be most affected by protracted exposure to hot temperatures.

All producers have a suggested operating hotness range, so you can check your brand's specific advice. Some of those optimum operating temperatures may be special than the iPhone or iPad.

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