Exploding iPhones: Now A Multi-Continent Problem
Earlier this week on a flight from Lismore to Sydney, Australia, an iPhone pretty much blew up, or spontaneously combusted – whatever you want to call it, the phone began emitting dense smoke an began glowing red. Luckily, the plane was landing and nobody was harmed by the possessed Apple device.
Now, according to reports from iPhone blog blogdoiphone (translated), the mysterious exploding iPhone has stuck again – this time in Brazil.
According to the report, during the early morning hours on November 22nd Ayla Mota awoke to his iPhone 4 on fire, a foot away from his face. Here’s the story (Google translate version, which is obviously not perfect) –
At dawn, I woke up seconds before witnessed the burning of my iPhone when I saw a lot of sparks and black smoke out of the cell. My room was impregnated with an unbearable smell smoke! At that moment, turned off the power switch in the room to remove the phone from the outlet. Soon after, I opened the windows of the room and turned on the fan to remove smoke, that just came out completely on Tuesday morning. I do not hurt, although the unit is about 15 cm and height of my eyes.
You get the picture.
As you can see from the lead image, the thoroughly damaged iPhone sort of resembles the cracked iPhone 4 that caught fire on the Australian flight. The only difference is that the main damage appears to be on the front display in this case. The iPhone that blew up on the Australian flight showed the starting point on the back of the device.
In that case, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is still investigating the cause. Some have speculated that it could very well be an issue with the battery, which is housed on the right side of the phone.
This makes three high-profile exploding iPhone stories in recent memory. In 2009, there was a report that an iPhone exploded in France, sending glass shards flying in all directions.
Do you know anyone who has had this type of problem with their iPhone? Let us know in the comments.[Hat tip to Mashable]