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iPhone 6s overheating problems aren’t the new #BendGate

Apple is taking heat from some iPhone owners.


AJ Dellinger


Posted on Sep 28, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 9:54 pm CDT

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are the hottest phones on the market, but not for the reasons Apple would like. Users are reporting that the new phones regularly overheat, temporarily blocking some of their functions.

According to a user on Reddit‘s /r/Apple subreddit, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus become too hot after only moderate use. This person provided a screengrab from his device that shows the phone disabling the camera’s flash feature due to the device’s temperature.

“The iPhone needs to cool down before you can use the flash,” the error message reads.

Others in the thread noted that the new devices get particularly hot during data transfers, but not from typical day-to-day use. 

One redditor suggested that a review showed the iPhone 6s running hotter than most devices, measuring at 102 degrees Fahrenheit. But according to a Popular Mechanics article about overheating devices, 104 degrees Fahrenheit is “a realistic temperature for common cellphone use,” and most indications point to 102 degrees being an average figure. 

Most of the other redditors had no complaints about their devices overheating, and other complaints about the issue online seem to be sparse. It doesn’t look like #HeatGate will burst into viral life anytime soon.

While the issue appears to be an isolated one, those who have run into it may be heartened to know that they’re not alone.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

H/T PhoneArena | Illustration by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Sep 28, 2015, 1:23 pm CDT