Too hot to handle: now it's the iPhone's turn to overheat

Too hot to handle: now it's the iPhone's turn to overheatThe overheating iPad saga has been dividing opinions over the last week or so, with some claiming it's a very real – and dangerous – issue, and others saying it's all just a desperate attempt to find something to criticise Apple's new tablet about.

Well hold the phone Nelly, because it seems the malaise may be spreading: new reports are claiming that an iPhone 4 has also fallen victim to temperature-related gremlins, nearly exploding while being charged overnight.

Our tale of combusting gadgetry takes us to Colorado in the US, where a woman has claimed to have woken up in the middle of the night to find her white iPhone 4 “sizzling” and “popping”, culminating in “not quite an explosion, but an immense crackling”.

The ailing iDevice, whose bulging battery had forced through the device's casing, then started belching forth plumes of smoke, with our distraught iPhone owner claiming there was “an awful, putrid smell, almost like you were ingesting plastic of some kind”.

Now far be it for us to take sides, but hinting that your life journey may include having eaten plastic at some point – in fact, having eaten enough to associate a smell with it – may explain why nobody is taking the claims all that seriously.

Apple itself has fallen short of declaring a national state of emergency, but did at least send the woman a replacement iPhone 4 – even though she was hoping for an upgrade to an iPhone 4S.

The company has since inspected the device and claims it is working normally.

Via Mashable

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 24, 2012 at 12:04

ahem.... 10s of millions of devices, and whaddaya know... a handful does freaky stuff...

The ratio's a lot worse among humans.

blizzard7  Mar. 24, 2012 at 13:10

Yeah, I agree with Jan, considering how many of these bad boys have been sold, it's not really surprising that the odd iPhone does a poop on the carpet.

Treab  Mar. 24, 2012 at 13:29

hasn't this happened before with apple though?

Pondlife  Mar. 24, 2012 at 13:42

I do like the line The company has since inspected the device and claims it is working normally.

hasn't this happened before with apple though?

Yes, most recently a recall on first generation ipod nanos late last year.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 24, 2012 at 13:44

**putting on tinfoil***
i blame HAARP

MDrX  Mar. 24, 2012 at 13:45

It happened before with Sony batteries. That affected almost all of the top laptop manufacturers see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony#Laptop_batteries_dysfunction

Pondlife  Mar. 24, 2012 at 13:49

hasn't this happened before with apple though?

Even happened before with the iphone 4

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/iphone-4-catches-fire-on-plane.html

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 24, 2012 at 15:14

This https://twitter.com/#!/Kelvalen/status/183569822053957632

Her "sons iPhone 4S exploded"... hmm

Treab  Mar. 24, 2012 at 16:56

what if it happens again and the chips fly in his eyes?

DAMN THOSE MCCAINS... ALWAYS BEING THROWN...

just look at them... planning their next attack...

http://trippychippy.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/mcains-4.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 24, 2012 at 17:01

what if it happens again and the chips fly in his eyes?

DAMN THOSE MCCAINS... ALWAYS BEING THROWN...

just look at them... planning their next attack...

http://trippychippy.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/mcains-4.jpg


Yeah, she sounds a bit fried, alright....

Treab  Mar. 24, 2012 at 17:36

what if it happens again and the chips fly in his eyes?

DAMN THOSE MCCAINS... ALWAYS BEING THROWN...

just look at them... planning their next attack...

http://trippychippy.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/mcains-4.jpg


Yeah, she sounds a bit fried, alright....


jan that joke was most certainly half baked... and with mccains you need to fully bake them.

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