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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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RE: Deviant behavior
By sebmel on 8/19/2009 10:47:29 AM , Rating: -1
That simply doesn't stand up to scrutiny. I put 'exploding + laptop' into Google and got half a million links. Dell is the most commonly named company but Lenovo/IBM, Apple, LG et cetera, are all there.

The top link is:

The problem is with lithium batteries and in particular Lithium polymer batteries. They are unstable if not charged very carefully. With literally billions of them being made every year the risk that someone is going to get hurt is rising all the time.

RE: Deviant behavior
By Motoman on 8/19/2009 10:59:36 AM , Rating: 2 missed the part where I said "similar devices." We all know about the Dell, Sony, and other laptops blowing up. What we haven't seen is other cellphones/smartphones/mp3 players exploding.

RE: Deviant behavior
By sebmel on 8/19/09, Rating: -1
RE: Deviant behavior
By sigmatau on 8/19/2009 3:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
I can put explode + any-made-u-pword in Google and get a million hits. Who cares?

Since you still have missed the point let me clarify.

You don't hear of Blackberries, Nokia, Motorolas, Zunes, any-other-mp3, digital cameras, etc., etc. blowing up due to an occasional defect.

Only Apple has this feature.

RE: Deviant behavior
By Yawgm0th on 8/21/2009 2:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
I can put explode + any-made-u-pword in Google and get a million hits. Who cares?
Exploding Chupacabra only seems to get me 116,000 hits.

Only Apple has this feature.
Brilliant! Apple should write it off as a feature.

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Spontaneous Combustion

RE: Deviant behavior
By Sazar on 8/19/2009 11:05:42 AM , Rating: 2
Thing is, those battery issues were all traced back to Sony and Sony is the company that has borne the brunt of the losses from offering up replacements for all the major integrators.

Dell was the first company to setup the replacement plan, HP, Apple and others jumped on afterwards and all was good in the land of the un-exploded mobile notebook products.

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