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iPhone 7 allegedly bursts into flames, damages vehicle

Fri 21 Oct 2016

Australian surf instructor Mat Jones has informed local news that his iPhone 7 allegedly burst into flames, damaging his car before the fire was extinguished.

Mr. Jones confirmed that his iPhone 7 was only a week old, that it had not been dropped or damaged in any way, and that he had not used a third-party charger with the device.

Mr. Jones, a surf instructor, left his phone under some clothes in his car while he gave a lesson. When he returned to his car, the interior was filled with smoke. He said that he has no doubt that the phone was the cause of the problem.  “Ash was just coming from inside the pants which then, once you wrapped open the pants, the phone was just melting inside of it,” he said.

The interior of the car was badly damaged in the fire. Mr. Jones provided photos and video of the incident to reporters.

While iPhone 7 issues may have been overshadowed in the news following the highly publicized failure and worldwide recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, this is actually the second reported incident of an iPhone 7 catching fire.  In September an iPhone 7 reportedly exploded in its shipping box when Redditor kroopthesnoop posted pictures of a damaged device and shipping box on Reddit.

At the time users suspected that the phone had been damaged in shipping, causing the lithium ion battery to malfunction and catch fire.

While Apple has not issued a statement, they are said to be aware of the complaint and conducting an investigation. There is a warning on Apple’s website, however, that states that a device left in a car on a hot day could exceed normal operating temperatures, which could “cause the device to change normal performance and behavior.” In the event of overheating, an Apple device may stop charging, display a temperature warning, or the display might fade or go black. The warnings on Apple’s official site, however, do not cover the potential for fire from a malfunctioning device.


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