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iPhone's black screen of death

When the iPhone freezes it's not the blue screen of death. It's the black screen...of death.

Being a PC person, I've encountered the dreaded "blue screen of death."

I've never seen a comparable thing on Apple products. (I have heard of the sad Mac face, or the sick iPod face.) So, much to my surprise, starting a couple days ago I noticed what appeared to be a "black screen of death." Everything stops working. The time bar at top is there, but the rest of the screen is black. No touching. No prodding of the home key. No pressing of the upper right key will get the thing working again.

Maybe it was the jinx of the upcoming Friday the 13th, I thought. But then after a Google search I see that others have noted the same thing happening to them. Various attempts to reset the iPhone work, but I've had to "hard" reset it a couple of times in the past few days and that doesn't necessarily "reset" the iPhone as much as unlock it.

Weird. Anyone else see this?

This leads me to ask: Apple, where art thou version 1.1?