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Apple iPhone 5s overheats and warps

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Apple iPhone 5s overheats and warps
Hey, look at that phone bend! That has got to be the LG G Flex, right? Uh, no. Actually, the warped phone in the series of pictures below is the Apple iPhone 5s. One of our loyal readers sent us a picture of a co-worker's iPhone and this particular unit apparently has a problem with overheating. Once the phone gets extremely hot, it starts to warp resulting in a flexible look.

The overheating Apple iPhone 5s is actually a company-issued model, which might be why the user doesn't seem to be in such a rush to return it for a "cooler" unit. Anyone else have a problem that results with their Apple iPhone bending over backwards to imitate the LG G Flex?


Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

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posted on 18 Mar 2014, 23:22 6

1. TheWolfpacker (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Built in copying mechanism

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:06 16

14. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2691; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


PA, your watermark should be faint enough to view the pics properly.

Built issue.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 15:07 2

42. Ashoaib (Posts: 2278; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Apple should apply for a patent of this new technology, bendable phone on heating

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 23:24 4

2. fatedcircle14 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


when it said "warps" I really thought it went somewhere else like getting warped or teleported.....

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 23:26 2

3. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Engage!!

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 23:30 1

4. fatedcircle14 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


hiraishin no jutsu !!

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 23:34 1

5. Kishin (Posts: 617; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Naruto's back life!!!

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 23:35 14

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Premium aluminium build quality jewelry no plastic bla bla bla matters

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 01:31 1

22. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


All those who advertise aluminium as premium and better material for devices are just plain stupid. My friend's Htc one heated upto 37 degrees celcius once, and he coudn't even touch it; on the other hand, I managed to get my Note II upto 47 degrees, but could easily hold it, due to plastic not being as good conductor of heat as any metal.
Plastic is, practically, a more suitable material for mobile devices due to its weaker thermal and electric conductivity

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 02:06 6

25. pwnarena (Posts: 932; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


what? 37 degrees and you couldn't touch it? that's just normal human body temperature.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 04:15 4

28. Astoni (Posts: 529; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


37 degrees and can't hold it? i call bullsh*t.. my z1 usually heats up to around 30-38 degrees and where the heat output comes it extremely close to my finger about 1-2mm at max from the other side of the thin glass layer, and i could easily hold it.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 06:24

31. TheWolfpacker (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


He said Celsius guys....

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 06:28 3

32. Astoni (Posts: 529; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


yea, and i'm counting celsius.. i have no idea how fahrenheit works without a C to F converter :p. Not everyone on this site is american. Also you said guys that means that you also pointed at PWN. Pwn's statement was correct, the human body is around 37 degrees celsius.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 06:36 8

34. fireblade (Posts: 708; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


That's why Z1 is very good. If it gets hot, pour the water on it

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 06:42 1

35. Astoni (Posts: 529; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


lol sure xD

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 07:24 2

36. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Most Qualcomm soc idle around 30c.
So yeah, thanks for the BS post.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 02:02 1

24. fatedcircle14 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


your avatar fits your comment, I imagine cm punk saying those exact same words hahahha!!

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 23:35 12

7. fzacek (Posts: 1866; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


LG G Flex wannabe

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 23:37 9

8. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


When will people learn that premium build quality has nothing to do with metal or/ and the looks of the phone...

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 23:38 1

9. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This website constantly talks about iphones..then Samsungs and then LG...Sony..Nokia.... But, what about a CoolPad phone? Check out the 9976A, codenamed Halo...

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 23:41 8

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


iPhone flex. Patent pending.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:05 5

12. galanoth (Posts: 324; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Apple iFlex

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:05 5

11. phonemonkey (Posts: 165; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


There is no way this is from overheating.
The only way would be if the battery had some kind of defect but they probably would have shown the hole burned in the top
As much hate apple receives from 90% of the people on this blog I have very hard time believing this to be real
That aluminum would probably have to heat up to over 400 degrees to bend like that
Granted it is on the side with the battery... there would have been more focus on the battery explosion aspect

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:05

13. phonemonkey (Posts: 165; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


and by no way I mean probably not

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:40

15. techperson211 (Posts: 675; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


The owner should have it replace it's dangerous for a device to bend that way especially if it's not design to bend. Wonder if they'll still say they don't make poorly design objects.?

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 10:56

39. ecmedic4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 02 May 2013)


They don't make poorly designed phones. Think of how many MILLIONS of iPhone 5S's they have sold and are in use today and this is 1 phone we are hearing about doing this. If it was a widespread issue, then trust me it would be in the news every day and a big deal made of it. I agree it should be replaced, as its prob the battery swelling outward that is causing it, which would mean a battery failure, not a design failure. Who makes the battery inside the iPhone 5S?

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:44 4

16. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's likely a rebuilt iPhone that was put together improperly. I'm no Apple fan but their phones just don't do this on their own.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:45 3

17. Scott93274 (Posts: 1178; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


"Don't they test these things before releasing them?" :-P

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:48

18. imyourpapi (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Jan 2014)


Revolutionary!!

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 00:49 11

19. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I loathe apple but I call bs on this one.

Owner sat on it.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 01:26

21. Edward_bly (Posts: 197; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


Lol +1

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 01:33

23. Sauce (unregistered)


Or threw it in a microwave lol

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 18:12 1

44. Astoni (Posts: 529; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Still not okay with the bending problem. know alot of people who has bent thier iphone and had to replace it, not cause of overheating cause i to think its a bit of a BS article. But the liquid metal aluminium they use is a cheap material :p.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 01:23 2

20. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Afterall its a china made crap.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 02:22 1

26. promise7 (Posts: 469; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Slow day for PhoneArena... what's the context of the story? What happened? What's the story behind it? A anonymous person just e-mails you a warped iPhone and it just goes up with no research whatsoever.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 14:37 1

41. iampayne (Posts: 243; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Not to mention its marked with "Exculsive" "Hot" & "Featured" as if this is the biggest news of the day.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 02:41 1

27. Jazbec (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


That's just apples latest ground-braking warp tech. I bet they'll sue Sammy for coppying it ...

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 05:30

29. kamen (Posts: 85; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


How come all "warped" phones are pictured on the sides and not the (probably broken) front and back panels!

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 05:56 1

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 11892; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Taters is gonna say his iPhone 5s warped all of a sudden.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 06:29

33. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Ah propaganda. I do not buy this at all. Did you check this story? Great way to get sued for publishing false information.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 07:27

37. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Over heats and warps.. issues with other phones but apple.. its just a feature LOL

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 09:06

38. Slammer (Posts: 1061; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I would say that this is more in line with the battery swelling rather than the heat it was subjected to. Either way, being able to remove the battery and check the condition, could've prevented this situation. If you can't remove the battery, this could be the end result. If your phone is running hot, the damage is being done and the battery should be checked immediately.

John B.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 11:11 3

40. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Anyone else notice this is a hot article? :)

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 17:14

43. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


aluminum build only feels premium but in reality its far cheaper than plastic that's why automotive engineers priced their cars cheaper if it is aluminum but expensive if it is CFRP

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 21:48

45. roscuthiii (Posts: 1836; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


So... it's a series of photos you got from some anonymous internet personality, not an actual video??? Well then PhoneArena... I can get you some exclusive photos of an old broken in half Audiovox flip phone that I have in my junk drawer that will first magically repair itself into one piece again when I blow bubbles on it. And then if I tickle it with a cat whisker, it will turn into a Nexus 7 (2013). That cat whisker, however, will very oddly enough turn into my hand giving the middle finger in that photo.

Alan really will post any article at all as long as he gets to say Apple or iSomething-or-other.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 15:25

47. Jay89Jay (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)


Actually to all of you believing this isn't real it actually is. I'm experiencing the very same issue at the moment. My iPhone heats up when charging, so hot you can't touch it. I get a temperature warning up and mine has also started to warp on one side. So mr know it alls, it is happening and apple are refusing to acknowledge it as a problem. Leaving genuine paying customers worse off and with dangerous products!!

posted on 16 Aug 2014, 14:24

48. abbysmom (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


This is exactly what happened to my 5S! I was using it, it got very hot, and just buckled/bubbled over the battery. There is no damage or marring of the screen. I did not sit on it. I felt the phone heat up in my hand. Hubby recommended I turn it off completely and wait for it to cool down. Honestly, I am hesitant to listen to/watch YouTube on it anymore! Really disappointed. Apple "genius" insisted I sat on it. Offensive little jerk!!

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