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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: Apple tops Rescuecom survey
By croc on 8/19/2009 7:46:56 PM , Rating: 0
Listen, SubMal, every one of your links is just an opinion piece. Electronista, for one, is a well-known Apple fanboi site, and their 'report'that the 3gs is the 'best selling phone in Japan' is just so much bullshit. No self-respecting Japanese is going to buy a handset that 1.can't work over the DoCoMo service, and 2.can't be used to pay for train tickets, vending machine purchases, etc.

JDPower? Be real. Only Americans involved in their 'survey', and what self-respecting 'merican is going to admit that the 'bling' device he purchased, at considerable cost, was a bad choice? An iphone is all about form over function. It has a great 'wow' factor. You 'mericans seem to value that. We Aussies prefer the function, thank you, and the iphone just doesn't have it. Screens scratch too easily, battery life is abysmal and is not even user replaceable! I'll stick with my Nokia, thank you.

So take all of your apple fanboi crap over to the apple user forum, where you can post along with the other apple sheeple. And even better, no dissenting views to be found, because they are all deleted almost as soon as they are posted!

RE: Apple tops Rescuecom survey
By Alexstarfire on 8/19/2009 10:36:48 PM , Rating: 2
Please don't lump all Americans together just because of this Pirks wannabe. I value function far more than fashion. At least someone else here realized that Japanese people wouldn't buy this POS phone. I don't think that guy has even seen a phone that Japanese people use.

RE: Apple tops Rescuecom survey
By croc on 8/20/2009 12:02:37 AM , Rating: 2
My apologies for 'hasty generalization'. But in my defense, I will note that the iphone seems to have a far greater take-up in the US than any EU country, or any ASEAN or Oceania country.

RE: Apple tops Rescuecom survey
By eddieroolz on 8/20/2009 2:40:19 PM , Rating: 2
I have a SH906i on Rogers here and all my friends are blown away by its specs and what it can possibly do on the DoCoMo home network.

Needless to say I'm not buying an North American phone again :D

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