WHILE APPLE FANBOYS struggle with the reality that the fruit themed toymaker's latest Iphone 3GS sometimes gets hot enough to discolour the plastic, Wired thinks that the problem might be due to the battery.
Wired said that there have been only a few complaints, but Aaron Vronko of Rapid Repair, which performs teardowns of Iphones and Ipods, said overheating is likely an issue due to faulty battery cells.
He is predicting that the overheating issue could result in massive recalls of Iphone 3GS units, since the dodgy batteries are from very large production runs and this could mean that thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of Apple's latest technogeek fetish devices might turn out to be faulty.
Part of the problem is that Apple had planned for a nice little revenue stream by refusing to let punters replace their own Iphone batteries, hardwiring the things so that you have to take the unit in to the Apple store for battery replacement.
So, if the Iphone 3GS battery goes wrong like this, Apple will have to recall and replace the whole unit.
Apple PR is not saying anything at the moment, as we would expect it to do at this point. What it will be doing is hoping that not enough people experience any battery problems, so the issue can be safely dealt with without having to make any public announcement or recall.
Back in 2006, Apple had to recall its Ibook and PowerBook G4 notebooks because battery cells provided by Sony were causing some batteries to explode.
And in August 2008, Apple issued a recall for defective Ipod Nanos, which had caused three fires in Japan.
Meanwhile Apple fanboys have been rushing to share with the world their technical expertise on the white French phone discolouration. Their expert opinions have been that it must have been left out in the sun too long because they claimed there is nothing inside the Iphone that would leave that shape.
However, Vronko told Wired that the pictures of discoloured white Iphones he has seen reveal the outlines of the battery, something we would think an 'engineer' would know. So we can't help but think that Apple fanboy 'engineers' defending Jobs' Mob on websites are probably kids who own a Gameboy and think they are technology wizards. µ