Hot! Hot! Hot! Summer Temperatures and Your iPhone

Summer is almost here.  We can almost feel the kiss of the ocean breeze, smell the coconut oil, hear the squawk of the gulls over the breaking waves and the sound of--what’s that? The phone ringing? 

Why is our phone ringing? Huh. A repair call. Your iPhone is dead?  An iPhone that new? How could that be?

Well, we can get you some information on that while you listen to this

Fun, right? Get out of the Conga Line.

We need to talk to you about how to handle your iPhone in Phoenix summer temperatures.  Specifically, how to not handle your iPhone in Phoenix summer temperatures.  

Have a look at these specs from Apple:

Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Just ignore that about the humidity for a moment and concentrate on the upper temperatures.  What Apple is telling you is that you can’t leave your 113° F-maximum-temperature iPhone in your 160° F car in the summertime and not have terrible things happen to it.

What kinds of things? 

We asked our lead tech, Isaiah, to explain it. 

“Those temperatures kill so many batteries,” he explained. “We see a tremendous upswing in dead batteries during the summer months because the Phoenix summer heat is so intense.”


So, what can we do? Here are some tips:

Our Lead Tech, Isaiah. 

Our Lead Tech, Isaiah. 

  • Pay heed to the temperature warnings given by Apple if possible. If you have to carry your iPhone in scorching hot temperatures, bring a cooler with you. 
  • Never leave your iPhone in the sun, in your car, or anywhere else where it’s hot. 
  • If you are forced to carry it during hot days, turn it off. Hopefully, we won’t hit that 113° F too soon, and when we do, you’ll be able to move your iPhone from a cool place to another cool place quickly, without too much heat in between.
  • If you are forced to leave your iPhone in the car without a cooler, hide it under the seat, insulate it with a couple of empty styrofoam cups (like making a mini-cooler), and leave a window cracked so the heat doesn’t build up so fast in your car. Make sure your iPhone is turned completely off, which raises the max temperature from 95° F to 113° F
  • Watch your apps, charging habits and talk time, as explained here. These things heat your iPhone up from the inside, and exacerbate the temperature problem in a big way.
  • Remember, if it happens, it happens. We get that and we're here to help. If the heat gets to your phone, call us right away or set up an appointment on our website.