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A "burning hot" Touch ID button is one of several issues to blight the iPhone 6s since its launch last month Reuters

Apple's latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 6s, is drawing complaints from users who claim the device's Touch ID button is burning hot. Since it went on sale on 25 September, dozens of people have taken to social media and online Apple support forums to report the issue, many saying that the heat from the button made the iPhone 6s unusable.

Freelance designer Jonnie Hallman took to Twitter on Monday (5 October) to report that his iPhone 6s had shut off with 50% battery still remaining, claiming that the Home Button became so hot that he couldn't touch it. When asked by another Twitter user whether the smartphone had been exposed to hot weather or sunlight, Hallman replied that the device had been in his pocket all day.

A recent post to one of the Apple Support Communities by a user going by the name of JazzieFayy claimed that the Home Button was "burning hot" after plugging it in to be charged. No other part of the iPhone 6s was reported to be affected by the heat issue, however unplugging the phone did not appear to fix the problem for JazzieFayy.

"I woke up this morning and the home button was burning hot and the screen is just black," JazzieFayy wrote on the forum. "I have had the phone unplugged for an hour and the home button is still on fire. I had just made the choice to switch from a Samsung to this iPhone and need to say it makes me slightly regret my choice because I have always known that Apple products have tons of issues."

Apple is yet to reply to a request for comment on the issue, or any of the others that have so far blighted the iPhone 6s since its release last month. These include the handset randomly turning off, problems with opening web links in Safari, and poor sound from the smartphone's internal speaker.

These issues follow problems with previous releases of Apple iPhones, including last year's notorious 'Bendgate' with the iPhone 6. More than 300 bent devices were filmed and photographed by users in 2014, prompting spoon-bender extraordinaire Uri Geller to try his hand at it.