Summer Heat and Your iPhone

Summer is here. Which means we need to talk to you about how to handle your iPhone in Phoenix summer temperatures. Specifically, how to not treat 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% non-condensing

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 fails? Batteries!

"Those temperatures kill so many batteries," our tech explains. "We see a tremendous upswing in dead batteries during the summer months because the Phoenix summer heat is so intense." The ion lithium battery was never made for Phoenix summers.

Here are some tips to keep it cool:

  • 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

  • Remove the case.

  • Stop charging your iPhone in the heat, such as trying to charge an iPhone in a hot car.

  • Watch your apps, streaming, and talk time. These things heat your iPhone 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.

We hope this has given you some insight into your iPhone and the damage heat can cause. If you spend a lot of time in the heat and notice your battery isn't performing up to standard, this article should give you a pretty clear indication as to why. Come see us. We can replace your battery before it fails completely.

Call us at 480-695-6756 if you need a highly-rated, expert cellphone repair company to repair your iPhone, Samsung, PS4, XBox, iPad or tablet.