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Apple is investigating media reports of at least one iPhone exploding, a claim which does not stretch far from similarly reported iPod cases.

Media reports claiming that one or more iPhones have exploded in Europe have led Apple to investigate, according to Reuters.  

One such report includes the case of an 18-year-old iPhone user in France who claims to have heard a hissing noise coming from his girlfriend’s iPhone before it shattered. The teenager reportedly suffered minimal injuries from the incident, which resulted in his eye being struck by a piece of iPhone glass, as reported by Google.

Helen Kearns, European Commission Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs, explained the following at a news briefing: "Apple has come back to us ... and what they've said to us is that they consider these are isolated incidents. They don't consider that there's a general problem."

"They're trying to get more information on the specific details of those incidents, and they will do tests as necessary to investigate the possible cause," Kearns added.

Although the current media reports share a small amount of explosion cases for the iPhone, numerous similar cases have been reported by users of the iPod. According to Google, in late July, Seattle-based television news station KIRO reported that an “alarming number” of iPods had “suddenly burst into flames and smoke, injuring people and damaging property."

KIRO reported on the existence of some 800 pages of iPod-specific documents that included details on 15 burn and fire-related incidents - none of which were serious - reportedly caused by iPods. The Consumer Product Safety Commission pointed out that this number of incident claims existed as low compared to the significantly large amount of the millions of iPods that have been sold.

KIRO eventually concluded that overheated lithium ion batteries appeared to be the main cause of these issues. After Apple implemented new battery technology, incident claims lessened.

As for the case of exploding iPhone claims, a spokesman for Apple Europe Ltd. explained that Apple is aware of the media reports: "We are waiting to receive the iPhones from the customers. Until we have the full details, we don't have anything further to add."

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I don't want to point fingers...
By Boze on 8/19/2009 10:24:33 AM , Rating: 2
...but my T-Mobile Wing and my Motorola V300 never exploded, and I haven't heard about any exploding Wings or V300s in the past either.

Perhaps its an engineering or build quality issue with their supplier?

RE: I don't want to point fingers...
By Sazar on 8/19/2009 10:35:53 AM , Rating: 2
In a similar vein, I have yet to hear of a Blackberry exploding, although it seems likely that there have been some incidents.

For what it's worth, my iPhone does run warm on occasion but it has not blown up on me or had any heat warnings or anything like that, and we are going on close to 60 straights days of 100+ F weather here in Austin, Texas :(

Only 1 of my friends with a phone has even experienced the heat warning, and he had been out on a boat all day with the phone exposed to a fair bit of sunlight. No explosion however.

My sample size includes about 25 people with iPhones so it is definitely smaller than the millions who own the phone. However my sample size is for a city that has got to be one of the hottest places in the US, consistently, this year.

RE: I don't want to point fingers...
By sebmel on 8/19/09, Rating: -1
RE: I don't want to point fingers...
By Hiryu on 8/19/2009 9:24:42 PM , Rating: 2
I came across a very similar one before, probably it was the same incidence. There was a follow-up on the story. The guy killed was not due to explosion of battery but actually was an accident that a steel bar crushed onto the guy and also broke his ribs.
The explosion of battery in mobile phone happens. From time to time I saw the news about the battery of mobile phone exploded. As far as I can remember, usually it involved 3rd party battery.

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