Last week while at Blog World Expo in Vegas I met comedian and film maker Mark Malkoff. We were chitchatting when he picked up his iPhone, made a quick call and put the phone on the table. I looked at it and couldn’t help saying “damn, what happened to your iPhone?”

Mark said he had actually done nothing special and that his screen had cracked apparently because it was too hot. Mark lives in NY and I know it can be very hot sometimes there, but heck, that was the first time I saw an iPhone screen cracking because it was too hot outside…

I was very surprised. I could understand the screen cracking if you leave the phone in a car on a parking lot in the middle of the desert, but this is another story. Mark said a guy at the Apple Store had told him this wasn’t unusual.

Have you ever seen that before under normal conditions?

  • Miko

    how hot was it?

  • This looks like BS .. not possible to happen under normal conditions.

  • Pissed_Off_NERD!

    Hot?!! Bullshit
    Must have been real hot under his ass because he most def sat on that iPhone and cracked it!

  • LiFE HAcker

    I hve lived in Dubai wer it gets frm 52 to 56 degrees …! Never faced this issue except my feet has burned on a naked ground..!

  • heat cannot do that..

  • yeah i agree, total BS. the glass couldnt expand that much to cause a crack.

  • Esco

    Im in NY… This actually happened to me twice back when I had a sidekick, but never with my iPhone.

  • Guess

    no way! am living in KSA, which it gets from 45-55 degrees, and never happen like this issue.

    something happen in bt, maybe he throw it , he shout it be GUN!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • rostom

    yes im live in syria and gets to 30,45 degrees niver faced this broblem !!!

  • Alastion

    If it’s a tiny crack i might believe it BUT A CRACK AS HUGE AS THAT?!?!!?!??!

    Impossible.

  • maybe he had a very tiny crack that went unnoticed ….. and under extreme heat it expanded ….. possible …. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • vik071

    Or maybe he simply farte while iPhone happened to be in his back pocket!?! ๎„…

  • Did anyone take chemisty in highschool? It is very common and definitely possible. Here is how it works.

    Glass has an amorphous structure, meaning it’s molecules are not aligned like that of a typical solid. An example of typical would be a crystalline structure.

    Glass begins to expand roughly 33 degrees before the boiling point of water. What is the boiling point of water? 99.7 degrees. It only takes appoximately 77 degree for glass to begin expanding. Now, how often is the temperature in New York above 77 degrees? But this still doesnt make glass crack.

    Betwee 77-90 degrees glass begins to expand .02%. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it takes 2,000 pounds of pressure from all angles to prevent that expansion. So, how does this make an iphones’ glass break?

    Noting that all glass is different, there is a factor with them is that eliminates all other factorals. That is is that it’s thin. Regardless how many times you guys are sucked into the whole “gorilla glass” or this “new-stronger-glass” propaganda”, a fact remains. No matter the toughness, when glass is thin enough it all cracks the same. If it didn’t, it would no longer be glass.

    To end this. All you need is a simple scratch or nick in the glass of the iphone, with a high enough temperature and your glass cracks. As mentioned in the begining, glass has an amorphous structure, so when it cracks there is not a particular direction in which it cracks. Hence, the array of direction of the spleens above.

    For you guys who could not understand: use your car as an example. A rock hits the winshield and creates a nick or ding you cant see, or even one you could. As the days progress, you notice a crack begins to form. That comes for the constant changes in temperature of you car, but only because of the high heat. Oh, and your car winshield? It’s a lot thicker than our iphone glass.

    • Amphropotic element

      Yeah I’ve taken chemistry but I have not retained it like u. U asked that question like it was fn normal!!!!!! Relax Albert Einstein!!! Amorphous structure?!?! Give me a break douche!!!

    • DrWyzenhymer

      “Now, how often is the temperature in New York above 77 degrees? ”

      Idiot, glass starts expanding at 77 degrees Celsius, not farhrenheit.

    • Z

      @DrWyzenhymer Read my mind – good point. The temperatures mentioned by @Whtlime are in Celcius. Yet I really doubt it gets as hot as 77C in NY very often if ever lol Even under direct sunlight.
      Not to mention, what happened to the helicopter strength iPhone glass?
      If the picture is of your friend’s iPhone, Sebastien, it’s clear to me that the phone was exposed to a hit/crash/bigbutt (even the last one is unlikely), on the left side at the epicenter of the impact.

  • KT

    i put my iphone is a case while charging, it gets pretty warm yet no breakage

  • AppleBits

    So, is this covered under a warranty? Haha…for folks on here, you are likely jailbroken…and bubbye warranty. Nice “break”down of the chemistry for us, WHTIME. Good to read!
    -Speaking of Gorilla Glass, or whatever, have you seen the “how it’s made” or something like that regarding a company that makes that extra tough glass? It’s quite interesting how it’s made. In a nutshell, it’s basically more than one layer of glass made into one layer. Google it, I suppose. But the point I’m wondering here, is that kind of glass product..would it be stronger or have fewer cracks? Or actually, just cracks in one layer? It would still suck. But just wondering.

    • Yeah, I’ve seen it! Interesting indeed, but for us jailbreakers we can just restore our phones then our warranty is back. Not that that warranty covers a cracked glass anyway.

  • I think he went to hell

  • Celsius is used when melting glass. You are referring to a process called “Kiln forming” Here I am simply mention the effects of normal “Fahrenheit” temperatures on glass.

    • brent

      The boiling point of water is 212 degrees Fahrenheit, not 99.7. In Celcius it would be 100.

  • Andrew

    I live in Florida and once was sitting pool side with my Iphone In the sun. Inpicked it up and noticed it was hot but this is where it gets strange. On the screen there was a message that said, the phone was too hot & to prevent any serious damage, the phone had been powered down. Never seen that before or after. So I rubbed the screen with ice to cool it down and eventually it powered up. Wierd.

    • AppleBits

      Not weird. I was doing yardwork, set my 3GS in a shady covered spot. But after a few hours, and the sun being in a different place by then, my phone was totally exposed to the sun for who knows how long!! I had the same message you got. I just set it in the house to cool down on its own. It was fine. :).

  • metalhawj

    hot glass + cold surfare = cracked glass

  • GREENONE

    If your phone was That hot, and u gave it an ice cube Yeh I could deff see a crack happen, but since it did not crack. That bieng said no phone should crack like that in heat unless he was the human torch and his ass was mr. Freeze. I do like the way it cracked, looks like a glass spider. Heh.

  • Gotta to love this blog

  • Kingz

    Ok this article is total bs, but then again ur friend mark is a comedian. Theres a fine line between comedy and pure stupidity.

  • Turbo

    My 3G screen cracked while I was charging the battery. Cold table meets hot iPhone I was shocked and pissed

  • I repair these screens daily for 39.99 at my shop. I have fixed 1000’s of iPhones and have never heard of a screen breaking like that. Seems strange.

  • Iphone

    Due to heat Bullshit

  • Joel Bean

    Bullshit

  • brent

    I’ll have to call BS on this too. The center of those spider cracks looks like an impact point to me. Not to say that heat didn’t make it crack easier, but I just don’t see the heat by itself doing that. I’m sure plenty of people have left their iPhones in hot cars without it cracking by itself.

  • Mine was under a laptop- very hot- but instead of that it keeps restarting itself. Quite curious.

    • Mine’s doing exactly the same. i’ve tried everything, like restoring and restarting, but nothing happens. the apple logo just goes on and off, then back on and off again.. continuous loop :/

  • iPhone 4S user here, happened to me TODAY. my ac is out in my car, today was a pretty hot day. I keep my phone on a little stand which was exposed to direct sunlight, heard a loud pop thinking a rock hit my windshield (I was on the freeway) noticed my phone was totally shattered with no point of impact. I took it to the apple store – they blew me off and basically told me to bug off saying physical damage voids the warranty to matter who’s fault it may be they aren’t allowed to “touch” a physically damaged idevice. I live in Los Angeles btw.

    • Happened to my iphone today – sat outside watching the kids swim then came indoors and place my iphone on a cold marble top – next thing I knew there was a crack on the screen ๐Ÿ™

  • iPhone 4S user here, happened to me TODAY. my ac is out in my car, today was a pretty hot day. I keep my phone on a little stand which was exposed to direct sunlight, heard a loud pop thinking a rock hit my windshield (I was on the freeway) noticed my phone was totally shattered with no point of impact. I took it to the apple store – they blew me off and basically told me to bug off saying physical damage voids the warranty to matter who’s fault it may be they aren’t allowed to “touch” a physically damaged idevice. I live in Los Angeles btw.

  • iPhone 4S user here, happened to me TODAY. my ac is out in my car, today was a pretty hot day. I keep my phone on a little stand which was exposed to direct sunlight, heard a loud pop thinking a rock hit my windshield (I was on the freeway) noticed my phone was totally shattered with no point of impact. I took it to the apple store – they blew me off and basically told me to bug off saying physical damage voids the warranty to matter who’s fault it may be they aren’t allowed to “touch” a physically damaged idevice. I live in Los Angeles btw.

  • Louis245

    If you don’t live in a big city, there are a few companies that offer mail in repairs. Again, this will usually cost you under $100 but you will have to be without your phone for about a week (a couple of days each way for shipping and another day for the repair). A simple Google search for “Mail in iPhone repair” will reveal a slew of companies offering the repair.

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  • Raquel

    To you people go say its BS… It’s not because a girl on my ColourGuard squad’s iPhone cracked because of heat in normal conditions