Technology expert, Christoph Cemper from AIPRM.com, has issued a warning to iPhone users this week as the US buckles under the weight of a brutal winter storm.
Christoph explained, “Ever wondered why your iPhone suddenly powers down faster than a snowball rolling downhill? Turns out, extreme cold temperatures are no friend to your gadget. In the icy throes of winter, your iPhone’s battery faces a serious struggle. Leave it out in the cold, and you might find yourself wondering why it’s playing hard to get.”
“This chilly weather doesn’t just slow down your iPhone; it throws its battery performance off balance, leaving you in the lurch. In some cases, your iPhone might just decide to call it quits and turn off entirely. It’s those lithium-ion batteries in your iPhone that decide to go on a strike in freezing temperatures, refusing to discharge electricity. This rebellion leads to a shortened battery life, display glitches, and, if you’re really unlucky, a shattered display glass.”
But it’s not just the battery that can be affected. Christoph continues: “The touchscreen might ghost you and, in extreme cases, the whole phone just shuts down.”
Apple has issued advice on their website. They advise when the temperature drops below freezing, it’s time to give your iPhone a warm break, preferably turned off and stored somewhere cozier. But avoid using a hairdryer or a hot bath to warm it up.
“Low- or high-temperature conditions might cause the device to change its behavior to regulate its temperature, you should use iOS and iPadOS devices where the ambient temperature is between 0º and 35ºC (32º to 95ºF)” they caution.
Before your battery dies, there will be warning signs to look out for.
FLASH-FREEZE: In the most dire situations, your iPhone’s camera flash might go on strike, leaving you in the dark – literally.
SLOW-MO APPS: Cold weather could be the culprit behind sluggish app launch times, leaving you tapping your frostbitten fingers in frustration.
FRAME-FREEZE: Lower frame rates during scrolling? It’s like a cold breeze creeping into your device, slowing down the seamless experience you once enjoyed.
DIMMING DRAMA: Prepare for an unexpected light show – your iPhone’s backlight might dim without warning.
VOLUME VACILLATIONS: The volume on your iPhone’s speaker might drop by up to -3dB, but don’t worry; you might not even notice this.
APP-ocalypse NOW: Apps refreshing in the background might decide to hibernate, forcing you to reload them upon launch.
The good news? Cold weather is only a temporary headache for your iPhone. The real villain here is the heat – use your iOS device in scorching conditions, and you might be in for some permanent battery damage. So, as winter tightens its icy grip, keep your iPhone close, use a snug case, and try to stop constantly checking your phone when you’re out in the freezing cold. Stay warm, stay charged, and remember, this too shall pass.