back to article Sudden explosion in reports of exploding phones

An American student's iPhone has exploded in his pocket - the latest in a global wave of smartphone combustions increasingly suggesting one of the seven signs of the modern Apocalypse is upon us. Darin Hlavaty, a student at Rowan College at Burlington County, told US media network ABC that his iPhone 6 Plus had exploded in his …

  1. Known Hero

    Apple Vs Samsung

    Lets see if they handle this as well as Samsung ....

    1. John 104

      Re: Apple Vs Samsung

      @known hero

      Doubtful. Apple has a history ( a long history at that ) of shifting blame and never admitting any wrongdoing when their products have defects. This will be no different.

      1. ArrZarr

        Re: Apple Vs Samsung

        Can't wait to see Apple try and blame their exploding phones on people "holding it wrong" & providing a cheap fire retardant plastic case to save people from themselves.

        1. m0rt

          Re: Apple Vs Samsung

          I'm looking forward to Samsung lobbing a sueball at Apple over IP infringement...

      2. AIBailey

        Re: Apple Vs Samsung

        John 104 - To be fair to Apple, the last battery-related incident I recall was with the early iPod nano's. Despite them being several years out or warranty, Apple still replaced them for all affected users with the then-current model.

        1. Naselus

          Re: Apple Vs Samsung

          To be even fairer, this was a 6 Plus. The fact they've been around for 2 years without a vast and overwhelming mass of explosion reports suggest this one is very much a one-off and *may* even have been something to do with how the guy holds it - such as if he keeps it in the flame of his lighter.

          1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

            Re: Apple Vs Samsung

            do with how the guy holds it

            Not how - where. See report - back pocket. Nuff said.

            1. MrDamage

              Re: Apple Vs Samsung

              @Voland if it was in his back pocket, he could have sat/landed on it, like this guy.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      How well they handle what?

      Samsung had a defect in the batteries they made that was the direct cause of explosions. So far we have (that I've heard in the past week) two reports of exploding/burning iPhones. One that burned up during delivery, and from the picture of the box was mailed in was OBVIOUSLY caused by something piercing the battery. Now we have a report of someone's phone catching fire in their back pocket - I have to wonder how many times he sat on it if he keeps it there.

      If there was a manufacturing defect in the iPhone or its battery that was causing a rash of explosions like Samsung, I'm sure Apple would recall them. If they didn't, the CPSA would force them to in the US, and I'm sure the equivalent EU body as well. But you don't recall phones after one or two reports. Otherwise Samsung would have to recall more than the Note 7, because there have been reports of other Samsung models going up in flames as well.

      Consider too how many more iPhones 7s (assuming this latest report even is an iPhone 7) there are out there versus Note 7s, so comparing a couple reports of iPhones going up out of the 20 million or so sold by now, and the hundred or so reports out of the couple million Note 7s shipped. If iPhone 7s were blowing up at the same rate, there would be a thousand reports already.

  2. Kevin Johnston

    New phones with added features

    So if I am not interested in the new 'pocket warmer' feature I guess I just buy a new battery for my current phone to extend it's life.

    Hmmm seems the battery swap feature is missing from the new phones, is it a 'one in, one out' concept for features or is it a requirement that the battery is glued in for the heating feature to work properly?

    1. Andy Non Silver badge

      Re: New phones with added features

      The batteries are designed to be hot swapped.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Maybe people will learn not to sit down with a phone in their back pocket?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Maybe people will learn"

      I doubt it.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Okay... let me be the first to ask...

    Were they holding it wrong ?

    1. DJV Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      Re: Okay... let me be the first to ask...

      As it was in the back pocket he might have been "clenching it wrong" instead!

      1. Dagg

        Re: Okay... let me be the first to ask...

        As it was in the back pocket he might have been "clenching it wrong" instead!

        Nah, I recon he dropped the S.B.D. from hell. icon says it all...

  5. jms222

    IT Crowd

    Keep thinking of the of the "My tits are on fire" IT Crowd scene.

    1. VinceH

      Re: IT Crowd


  6. Bloodbeastterror

    "Apple told ABC it would not comment"

    Blimey, really...?

    "customer safety is of the utmost importance."

    What, even more ut than profits?

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: "Apple told ABC it would not comment"

      Of course... you don't want to flambé all the customers you know. That would be killing have a negative impact on future revenue streams going forwards with the plan of expanding the customer base.

  7. djstardust

    I hope this doesn't happen to LG

    As their UK customer support is beyond abyzmal.

  8. 0laf Silver badge

    The reason is clear

    That owner was just not cool enough to own the latest Jesus phone. Causing the battery to overheat and explode. The phone suicided rather than be owned by such an unhip individual.

    The answer is clear you must be more cool.

    1. Andy Non Silver badge

      Re: The reason is clear

      The guy obviously wasn't cool as he was wearing "hot pants". :P

  9. Timmay

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

    Apple have taken the tactic of copying Samsung too far this time!!!

    1. VinceH

      Re: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

      Does that mean Apple will be suing Samsung again?

    2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

      In this case...

      Immolation is the sincerest form of battery

  10. Bill M

    Fluffy Cat vs. iPhone

    I have got a very fluffy cat who once proved her flammability when passing too near a candle.

    Is it safe for me to let her play games on my iPhone ?

  11. Richard Scratcher

    Don't be so sentimental...

    ...things explode every day

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It is just news coverage of exploding phones that is going up

    Normally if someone's phone caught on fire in Australia or Greece it isn't going to make the news for the Reg to hear about it, and if they did they probably wouldn't bother writing about it. But with exploding phones become newsworthy thanks to Samsung, every report is getting a lot more attention. Once the hype dies down there will still be the odd exploding phone (more likely if you keep it in your back pocket, I imagine) but they will again be ignored.

    Plus we have to consider the possibility that some of these reports are bogus. Not saying this one is, I don't know enough about it, but I'm sure some people will take advantage of the hype to 1) get attention for themselves 2) try to get a phone replaced that they broke in some other way by burning it up 3) try to get some sort of settlement if they can claim injury. "My butt has second degree burns, but a Macbook would make it all better".

  13. You aint sin me, roit Silver badge

    Drop kecks...

    Blame overheating "device"...

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