Skip to comments.An iPhone spontaneously combusts on an Australian Flight
Posted on 11/29/2011 8:40:17 AM PST by rawhide
It sounds like there is yet another reason power off your cell phone on your next flight. Australian airline Regional Express issued a press release stating an incident involving an exploding iPhone. No one on the flight was harmed during the event that involved lots of smoke and a red glow.
Shortly after the regional flight from Lismore to Sydney landed, a passengers cell phone started emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow. The report states that the flight attendant extinguished the red glow successfully, which implies that the glow was actually a fire, but there is no note of an open flame. A picture of the phone has been included, and it is indeed an iPhone 4.
The phone pictured appears to not only have some fire damage, but also had some damage to the back glass. Now its not clear how much damage was caused by the combustion, or by the flight attendant extinguishing the phone. While there may be a list of problems users of the iPhone 4 have complained about, explosion is not on the list but this isnt the first report of an Apple iDevice exploding.
The phone in question has been given to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for analysis.
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Must have been using the iJack app...
Was it a during the filming of the opening scene from “Mission Impossible”?
Considering how many millions of iPhone 4 devices have been sold, and that fact that many of those have flown - and this the first and only reported case; I’d treat this as a fluke. When you make millions of anything, a ‘one-off’ failure isn’t unexpected.
However, if there is a second similar failure, then we have a trend.
1... This isn't a report of an iDevice "exploding" at all.
2... Somebody reported an "exploding" device, but didn't "complain" about it? WTF?
It was a Mossad cellphone for use on Muzzie terrorists that was a dud and subsequently sold on Ebay!
It isn’t about iphones. Any modern cellphone can do this if the battery is defective. Laptops have done this too.
Does the iPhone 4 have Firewire?
Laptop battery explosion.
If it's "rare" then it's not a "tendency", is it?
That incoming call must have been a hot one!
This is where form over function is going to hammer them one more time.
You could issue a battery recall, like Blackberry and others have done, and you are done.
Not with the iPhone. The phone has a sealed battery compartment.
Think Apple might make the same mistakes with the iPhone that they did with the Mac?
Looking that way. iPhones were outsold for the first time last month by an Android device (Samsung, I think).
We’ll see I guess. Apple is such a source of frustration for me. Home of the ‘almost perfect’ device. They always have fatal flaws, and it almost always comes down to some ‘brand control’ decision from the top.
Ha....must have been watching porn....
Since the phone wasn’t flaming we know what it isn’t!
If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.
Liar, liar, pants on f... Never mind.
According to the good folk over at Wiki, the Li-Po batteries exhibit this problem when they are pierced, which leads to the question "Did the glass break and puncture the battery, leading to the problem; or did the battery arbitrarily fail and crack the glass"?
If I say an SUV has a 'tendency' to roll over when the tire blows out I don't mean it happens all the time, most of the time, or even a lot. I would only mean it happens much more than when a non-SUV has a blow out. Older batteries just about never exploded. Lithium ones sometimes do. Also it did not use to be as rare. When Lithium batteries were new to the market there were a lot of reports of them spontaneously catching fire.