Tuesday, November 29, 2011

iPhone 4 self-immolates on Australian flight

We've seen it before, and we'll probably see it again: spontaneous combustion of an iDevice. At least it wasn't an example of spontaneous human combustion, although we suppose that if the iPhone 4 had been in someone's pocket, there could have been SOME human combustion.

What's interesting in this case is the report doesn't come from an end user. Instead, it comes from an airline, which we assume more people will tend to believe since the airline itself won't be accused of looking for quick buck from Apple.

According to the report from Regional Express (Rex), which is Australia’s largest independent regional airline, shortly after landing (and thankfully, it was AFTER landing), a passenger's iPhone 4 began "emitting a significant amount of dense smoke" as well as glowing red. A flight attendant extinguished the fire; no passengers or crew were injured.

The iPhone 4 in question is pictured above, via an image in Rex's press release.

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Naturally, thoughts run toward a battery issue, and we know that battery overheating and even explosions are not isolated to iPhones or iDevices. Just last December, a man claimed he was injured by an exploding Droid 2.

And all this time we thought most people thought the iPhone 4 was "cool." Alternatively, the iPhone has been called "hot."  In this case, it was actually a little "too hot."

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