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Strange let­ters and sym­bols ap­pear on my iPhone for no rea­son. He sug­gested dust or vi­bra­tions as the cause (I work in a site of­fice). Is this pos­si­ble? Adele Hast­ings

If the dust or vi­bra­tion were bad enough to af­fect your iPhone, it wouldn’t mag­i­cally re­cover once you got home. I think this is much more likely to be the elec­tric­ity sup­ply at work. Are you us­ing the phone dur­ing charg­ing? If your por­ta­cabin is pow­ered from a diesel gen­er­a­tor, or you have heavy equip­ment con­nected to the same sup­ply, the elec­tric­ity may have lots of spikes and dips in the volt­age – I’ve seen this cause rogue char­ac­ters. Nor­mally, the cul­prit is a faulty charg­ing plug (cheap ones omit a lot of the fil­ter­ing and smooth­ing cir­cuitry of Ap­ple’s) but it could eas­ily be the of­fice wiring too. The sim­plest so­lu­tion is to try an ex­ter­nal bat­tery and use that dur­ing the day.

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