iPhone ‘melts’ during U.K. heat wave

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Don't leave your iPhone in the sun!
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If you’re enjoying the rare sunshine gracing the U.K. this week, it might be best to leave your iPhone indoors.

Leaving it in the heat while you catch some rays could cause its internals to melt, as one unlucky owner discovered in Cornwall.

It’s not often we get to leave the house in shorts and flip-flops here in the U.K., but for the first time in over 20 years, we’ve enjoyed five consecutive days of temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

Naturally, Brits have been flocking to the nearest beaches, coating themselves in sunscreen, and enjoying the sunshine while it lasts. But for one unlucky iPhone owner, the rising temperatures have resulted in one big repair bill.

While tucking into lunch at a cafe in Cornwall, the unnamed iPhone 6s user left her device in direct sunlight on top of her bag. When she picked it up again, she quickly realized it was no longer working.

The device was taken to Dave Tech Guy, a repair shop in Wadebrigde, and deemed “a complete write off” upon inspection.

“It’s the worst damage of this sort I’ve seen,” Dave told Cornwall Live. “It has melted the screen connectors and has even melted the camera as well.”

Leaving your iPhone in sunlight for as little as 15 minutes is enough to trigger a high temperature warning, which prevents you from using it for anything other than emergency calls until the device has cooled down.

An Apple support document recommends that you do not use your iOS device in temperatures above 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius), which “might cause the device to change its behavior to regulate its temperature.”