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Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.*The heat is on, and summer is in full force. Remember there are a few things you need to be extra cautious about with your iPhone as it accompanies you on your summer fun.
1. Do not store your iPhone in your back pocket. We are familiar with the pocket (butt) dial, and talked about it here. But there is another reason not to keep your iPhone in your back pocket, and it can best be summed up in a few words: Snap Crackle and Pop. If your phone is in your back pocket and you sit down on it, it is possible to crack the screen of your phone.
2. Avoid leaving your iPhone sitting out in the sun or inside a hot car. Although the iPhone is quite resilient with temperatures, you paid a lot of money for it, and it would be foolish to risk ruining your phone in the heat. Apple reports that the iPhone functions best in an environment as close to room temperature as possible, and you know that the temperature inside an enclosed car can quickly soar well beyond that. Heat above 95º F can damage the battery, so best to keep your iPhone with you, and don’t leave it in the car.3. Do not let your iPhone get wet. Water is a MAJOR enemy, a “boss” enemy. Many remedies abound on the internet, from hair dryers to burial in rice. But basically, water damage is lethal. It can mess up your battery, your home button, the speakers, the whole works. Be extra careful around the pool, sprinklers and hoses, and be alert for a sudden summer thunderstorm. Remember to bring a zip lock bag for your trip to the beach. Pop your phone in the bag to keep it protected, not only from your wet hands, but also from the sand that can find its way into the ports of the phone.
4. Beware the power drop. You’re probably quite careful with your iPhone in most circumstances of your life. But summer vacations are different, and you’ll likely be doing things that you don’t ordinarily do. A great example would be a trip to an amusement park, and a ride on a twirly-whirly-upside-down-up-in-the-air something. If you don’t carefully secure your iPhone before you launch, you might be horrified to see it hurtling toward the ground completely out of your control. Although you may have a really good protective case, a fall like that could be iPhone-fatal.5. And finally don’t throw your iPhone on the grill. OK, this is ridiculous but it’s a great segway to show you this link of a grilled iPad : )