How the cold affects your iPhone

Now, in the middle of July and with the heat pressing in Spain, we wonder how Apple’s devices stand up to the cold. We know that with the high temperatures you have to take many precautions, the risk of causing damage to the devices is maximum.

Well, what about the cold? Well, it also affects the devices, causing another series of failures. Devices using iOS can work in environments where the ambient temperature is between 0 and 35 degrees. When it comes to storage, the manufacturer asks us to keep them between -20 and 45 degrees, that is, we would talk about storing a device without having it on .

How the cold affects your iPhone
How the cold affects your iPhone

If you want to know what happens to an iPhone when temperatures plummet, read on. A few years ago, back in 2012, there was an experience in Finland. They put several devices in an acclimatized room at the Technical Research Centre of Finland, and gradually lowered the temperature. The initial thermometer marked zero degrees and from then on the mercury was lowered in scales of five degrees until the last of the devices stopped working .

The first to suffer was the iPhone 4S, which was the top terminal in that year 2012, which at 0 degrees was still working, but when it reached -5 degrees the Apple mobile began to show symptoms of error in the SIM card and battery. When the thermometer collapsed to at least ten degrees the iPhone 4S turned off. And why did this happen? The explanation is very simple. The cold significantly affects the flow of electrons, which slows down in such a way that “makes the device believe” that it is discharged .

That’s why if you’re a mountain sports fan, you may find that if you have your iPhone exposed, it will stop working even if you carry it on full battery . It’s a pity to reach the top of a glacier and not be able to photograph it, but something more serious would be to be isolated in case of emergency. To do this, always keep a good pocket or wrap it up in a sock cover for these occasions. The advice is the inverse of what we give when the device needs to be lowered in temperature.

You may remember this article from January, but since we have many readers in the southern hemisphere, don’t forget to put them into practice now .

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