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Does anyone know if I will ever spoil my iPhone by placing it on top of my laptop?

I mean I don't know about these electronic/magnetic stuff and I want to know if there may be any problem putting them close together (especially when my laptop is running and heated)

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Your iPhone will not spoil if placed on your laptop. Unless it is so hot that your iPhone warns you about its temperature.

Concerning the electronic/magnetic stuff, your laptop will not give out that much amount of stuff to spoil the iPhone, unless your laptop is a microwave.

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what do you mean that my iphone warns me about its temperature? – Pacerier May 23 '11 at 13:50
this picture says it all. – user6124 May 23 '11 at 13:55
btw i've got another question. in Singapore we have this ezlink-card scanner which we scan our ez-link card against whenever we enter the MRT. I always hold my phone and wallet together in 1 hand so i was wondering will there be any issues if the iphone gets "scanned" alongside the ez-link card? – Pacerier May 24 '11 at 1:47
the chip in the ez-link card is not present in the iphone, and thus cannot be scanned. – user6124 May 25 '11 at 5:47
ok. i'd always thought there's a chance that the phone may go haywire if i put it through some electronic scanner – Pacerier May 25 '11 at 15:55

Though it won't likely damage your laptop or phone, it's a general rule of thumb not to place two electronics on top of each other. Will you spoil your phone at that moment? Very low chances. Will you ever spoil your phone by doing it? Very high chances.

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