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iPhone 6s: Users Report Boiling Hot Home Buttons

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iPhone 6s Plus© Provided by IBT Media (UK) iPhone 6s Plus Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models are selling like hot cakes, with the company announcing that a record 13 million phones were sold on the opening weekend after their launch on September 9.

However, it seems that this record pace of sales isn't the only hot topic about the new gadgets, with many users taking to social media to complain that the home buttons on their new devices are becoming too hot to touch and are therefore unusable.

A glitch, first reported by tech news site 9to5Mac, results in the button also called the Touch ID button that functions as a fingerprint scanner becoming extremely hot.

Users reporting the problem on Apple's discussion forum said that it is only the home button, and not the entire phone, which becomes overheated. Some said that the problem was resolved by holding down the home and power buttons together for around 10 seconds, after which the phone restarted and functioned normally.

Others have taken to Twitter to turn up the heat on Apple over the problem:

The problem is reminiscent of the bendgate issue which plagued the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models when they were launched in 2014. YouTube user Unbox Therapy demonstrated the undesirable bendiness of the models in a video which has attracted more than 67 million views to date.

9to5Mac noted that Apple historically addresses early glitches in new software promptly through software updates. Apple's U.K. press office were unable to immediately comment on the issue.

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