iPhone battery problem!

Hi all!

Today I had a training on the frozen beach of the Baltic sea, looks like that if you survive the uncomfortable feeling of having an almost frozen nose, then running at -18 degree Celsius is not so bad at all.

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I’m not a poser!

However Magda had some problem with her running pants which are not insulating very well from the cold, and as she put the problem at a certain point:”My butt is freezing“.. Well, we will see what can we do with this problem later.

The real issue I had was with my iPhone 6, I always knew that those phones made by under payed Chinese kids are suffering battery loss when the temperature is low, my old iPhone 5 for example had the unpleasant capability of losing in few minutes most of the battery when stored in the external pocket of my winter jacket.

But somehow I always believed that this was an occasional problem and will be fixed somehow in the next generations or phones. The problem was not fixed at all. Today my iPhone turned off during my training and it hadn’t any intention to come back to live until I came back to home, that sucks dear Apple..

I had a minor issue also the training before, where the temperature was just little below zero, the symptoms were heavy lagging of the user interface and a very slow response of the only button the phone have –when I was trying to turn on the screen to see the clock or whatever-.

Well, perhaps I’m asking too much much from the most expensive phone a common human being may possibly buy, and in fact reading the apple page web page about the acceptable working temperature for iOS devices looks like you shouldn’t use you phone during the winter. Here an extract from the page:

Use iOS devices where the ambient temperature is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). Low- or high-temperature conditions might cause the device to change its behavior to regulate its temperature. Using an iOS device in very cold conditions outside of its operating range may temporarily shorten battery life and could cause the device to turn off

Are you kidding me? Do I have to buy I scarf and a winter jacket for my phone? I wasn’t aware of those limitations before, seems like I need to look for a new phone vendor next time I will change my mobile.

Clearly this limitation must have been influenced by the hot winters in California, where the iOS devices are designed, but this explanation have a flaw since the Polish summer is hot enough to cause the iPhone to shut down as well!

Yeah, that’s right folks, last year on the very same beach where today I was running the iPhone of my friend kept turning off because of the high temperature. And I can assure you that here in Gdansk a summer with +30/35 degree is very exceptional, rarely you may enjoy such a hot day, so most of the days are not hot at all!

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The iPhone was in the bag under the umbrella!

This image was taken the day –one of the many– we had the battery issues, we keep our stuff under the umbrella in a bag, the phones are there as well so they had no suffered direct exposition to the sum. Nevertheless the phone keep turning off during the whole day. The temperature was at most +30 Celsius, perhaps +35 during midday.

So, seems that Apple forgot to add in instruction manual the following information:

  • The iOS devices should be used in air conditioned environment during the summer period –avoid the beach-, best if you leave your iOS devices at home or in the office if it is too hot.
  • The iOS devices shouldn’t be used during the winter, or if you want to use it anyway then do not take it off your pocket when you’re out and keep it as near as possible to your warm body. You may use your iOS device in closed and heated environment.

Magda’s Samsung did not suffered any issue during the day, even if the temperature was far below zero… I don’t like Samsung phones, but looks like I’m forced to give them a try one day or another..

Thanks for reading!

 

3 Comment

  1. Grzegorz says:

    thanks Filip for this post. I was wondering if my next mobile would be ‘i’ one but… seems you convinced me to look for some other:)

  2. SO MUCH YES! My iPhone cannot handle WI winter temps wrapped up in a case inside my winter running jacket! Such a fail. I fear I never have car problems mid February and need my phone for assistance!

  3. A scarf and jacket for our phones!!! 😂😂😂

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