Apple Investigates: "Exploding" iPhones and iPods


Numerous press reports are claiming that iPhones and iPods are "exploding" -- well, three isolated devices, at least so far. Apple is said to be investigating these reports and have no answers as of now.


blockquote>"These are isolated incidents and... there is not a general problem, For the cases which have been reported in the media, Apple [is] trying to get more information on the details of the incidents and will do tests as necessary to investigate the possible cause."

It was last August that we reported on the iPod fires that were taking place. Three recent claims in the past few months have sparked this new investigation:

Thankfully no one was injured in any of the above incidents. With the millions of iPods and iPhones sold to date and only a very few being proven "faulty" this is nothing you should be too concerned about. In fact US Consumer Product Safety Commission claims that a total of 15 Apple devices since 2001 have been recorded as faulty, while none included any serious injury.

[Via Ars Technica]

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Apple Investigates: "Exploding" iPhones and iPods


What about the one a year or 2 ago when one started smoking and burst into flames while in the pocket of an airport worker while he was at work.

What would be great is if we could make this happen from MobileMe... rather than just that boring Remote Wipe. :)

Would be more funny if they were detonating whenever they got plugged into Windows Vista. "oh hell no", boom

Darren double tap the screen with 3 fingers then go into settings general accessability and turn of Zoom
LOL at blowing up vs remote wipe, "this iPhone will now self destruct"

Is it just the iPhone 3GS that has been exploding? Or have the earlier versions overheated/exploded too?

@Mike M: The funny thing is I do have the Dixie Chicks in my iTunes, but I never put it on the Nano.
@Al: Thanks for the heads up.:)

As Al says, 3 out of millions is not too bad a rate. The 11 year old's case is interesting, though. Since Apple attempted an effective "gag order" as a precondition for her refund (not a settlement, just a refund), how many others are out there who accepted that deal?