More reports of users with iPhone 3GSs that have had problems with overheating, resulting in some cases with discoloration of the plastic back case of the device. Wired later reported that the issue may be tied to faulty battery cells in the device, and may lead to a large-scale recall by Apple.
A couple of issues with the new iPhone 3GSs have shown up, but this is one that could be potentially serious. One user says his once shiny new white 3GS overheated while he was using the GPS and 3G connections for an extended period, resulting in an ugly brownish discoloration. Photos after the break.
You know that cool new oleophobic screen coating on the 3GS that makes it so fingerprints and smudges don't show up as much? Well, as great as that may be, it also makes it highly scratchable. Users on the MacRumors forums have already reported the mysterious appearance of tiny scratches on their screens after just having the devices for a few days despite the normal scratch culprits like keys and coins.
It's been a while since we've heard about a serious safety hazard posed by an iPhone malfunction, but another was recently reported. Tim Colbourne had the misfortune to have his iPhone burst into flames after leaving it plugged into his computer to charge. The exact cause of the malfunction is still unknown.
iPhones have always had a tendency to get a little on the warm side when they're working hard or trying to get a signal, but can they actually hurt you? According to one unfortunate iPhone 3G owner on the MacRumors forums, yes it can, and it isn't fun. He says that he fell asleep with his 3G in his pocket, and woke up to a sharp pain on his leg.
Since getting their new iPhone 3Gs, many users have complained that the displays may be defective. Users reporting the issue have noticed a "yellowish" color when compared with the original iPhone which had a cooler blue tint. However, according to Apple, the "defect" may actually be by design.