If you have been closely following this space closely, you would think there is some kind of an epidemic spreading among smartphones causing them to catch fire and explode. An Apple iPhone 7 is the latest victim in a manner of speaking. An Australian surfing instructor’s iPhone 7 unit reportedly caught fire when kept in the car, and destroyed the vehicle. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealedAlso Read - Samsung Odyssey G3, Odyssey G5, Odyssey G7 gaming monitors launched: Details here
Mat Jones had left his iPhone 7 among his clothes in his car while he was away taking a surfing lesson. When he returned, he was shocked to see his vehicle filled with smoke, 7 News reports. As I looked into my car, you could not see inside the car, like all the windows were just black, Jones was quoted as saying. Ash was just coming from inside the [trousers] which once you wrapped open the [trousers] the phone was just melting inside of it. Jones asserts that the iPhone 7 was just a week old, and he hadn’t dropped it or charged it using any third-party charger. At the time of filing this story, there is no word on what exactly caused the device to catch fire. Apple is said to be aware of this incident, and is investigating the matter. Until the results of the investigation are out though, it will be premature to conclude that the company should recall the product.
Not surprisingly though, inevitable comparisons are being made with the now-discontinued Samsung Galaxy Note 7. But it is quite unfair in our opinion. Mind you every smartphone can potentially catch fire or explode regardless of the maker or model. Lithium batteries are susceptible to catching fire, but the failure rate is somewhere around one in 10 million. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus first impressions: 7 observations after 48 hours
In the Galaxy Note 7’s case though, a manufacturing defect in the separators caused the diodes to come in contact with each other resulting overheating and combustion. But things went from bad to worse, when Samsung replaced the defective units, and these so-called ‘safe’ units too started catching fire, leading to Samsung halting production and sale of the device globally. RELATED: Samsung mobile chief apologizes for Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco, vows to restore trust of consumers