Apple iPhone 4S explodes on bedside table in Croatia
In this case, we do not know for certain if Ljubica Maric, 28, of Zagreb, Croatia, was using the iPhone charger that came with her iPhone 4S. It is apparent though that something was definitely not working 100% this past weekend as her device was on the bedside table charging.
Like most of us, Ljubica charges her phone overnight while sleeping. Her husband and kidswere asleep and the phone rang. She did not awake in time to answer on the first ring. As she was up and about to grab the phone on the second ring, something on the device exploded. The speaker blew out, the glass on the device cracked, and even though the device was in a case, pieces of debris scattered on the table and floor.
The phone still worked though and there were no apparent signs of burning at the electrical outlet. The charger did not appear to be damaged either. Ljubica and her husband Zoran sought a repair under warranty, but the service would only provide a free diagnostic and asked for 1,600 Croatian Kuna ($277) for the repair.
Zoran was less worried about the cost of the repair and more concerned about whether such an incident might happen again, except maybe one of his sons being near the device if it did happen.
This is not the first time we have seen an iPhone explode, or any other device for that matter. In many cases, it has been traced to either a third party battery, or a third party charger. Other circumstances can play a role as well, such as an unstable power supply. In this particular case, we do not have enough information to reach a conclusion either way.
source: 24sata (translated)
The case of the exploding iPhone 4S
1. The culprit
2. All the parts
43. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)
u call this explode
"The phone still worked though and there were no apparent signs of burning at the electrical outlet.:
then wat should i call the galaxy phones?
48. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
it died of hear attack internal damage
13. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Just make sure you iBag [it], seriously, chick looks rough.
3. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Does anyone make a bomb-proof case? Not to protect the phone, but me from my phone.
5. parvsingh05 (Posts: 98; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Comment on this post from iPhone 4S while charging it. Fingers crossed :P
15. Damitel (Posts: 65; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)
I am beginning to sense that something is wrong somewhere: could it be people against Apples that are trying to give them a bad image and execute them with a one sided public opinion or is it Apples. Until I hear a news like this from Americans themselves.
23. darkkjedii (Posts: 12400; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Exactly, notice this isn't happening at all in America? Makes one wonder...
41. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
A typical Apple zombie comment. Maybe Apple dumping rejected quality stuff everywhere except America.
27. promise7 (Posts: 474; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
i agree, that female flight attendant hated apple so much she killed herself to prove it.
30. vincelongman (Posts: 1600; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
The same could be said for the Galaxy S 4 exploding in Hong Kong, Galaxy S 3 in Switzerland and HTC One X in Taiwan
Who knows if the phone exploded spontaneously or if the owners deliberately made then explode
33. joey_sfb (Posts: 3132; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I never doubt the unlucky user, these are electrical device and one in the millions is always possible.
7. parvsingh05 (Posts: 98; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
It's a new feature by apple called Ibomb
It's a way to tell the customer that upgrade. They remotely control these activities. Joke
8. PK1983 (Posts: 186; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
The phone itself is the problem.
Even if the charger was a POS North Korean knockoff, the phone should be able to regulate when the battery charges and not charges and the voltage flowing into the battery.
9. apple4never (Posts: 970; Member since: 08 May 2013)
Ight switching to land line now *throws away nexus 4
10. sarb009 (Posts: 293; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Its time for apple to release next gen mobile phone with name " iBomb ".
11. BattalBoy (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
if im not mistaken the second picture is actually a iphone 3g/3gs dissasembled
21. apple4never (Posts: 970; Member since: 08 May 2013)
thats what i thought i didnt see any glass back or front and saw a curved-ish plastic back
12. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
She looks like she needs a good explosion.
19. power_x (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Introducing the new iBomb
Will automatically make you spend more money to buy a new phone
By the way , nice thumbnail of this article
20. power_x (Posts: 238; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
I am an apple fan , I just said my comment for fun
22. scsa852k (Posts: 300; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
As stated in the article,
everyone looks at every phone explosions with skepticism and this case will be no different in the end once they find the cause of explosion.
Whether it's non OEM approved battery, microwaving the phone, etc. There will be a reason.
31. no_i_dont_think_so (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2013)
Erm, a non-OEM battery? in an iPhone?
But yeah, I'm skeptical.
25. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
U.S. Military to replace ordinance with iBombs.
26. sniper1087 (Posts: 408; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
Hold on second picture shows a charger, that is not an official apple charger, questioning the validity of the article, seriously after market chargers, never buy them.
28. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 636; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
My country as a part of worldwide Apple hysteria. I'm so proud! :-)
32. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1241; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
its not iphone 4S,sounds fishy which one is it?
34. Boybawang (Posts: 48; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)
I craved for a super 5000mAh battery. Will I get the better exploding experience??! LOL
35. Trismegistus (Posts: 32; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)
So what does this whole story mean? The only way to be happy is to know you wont be happy every single day. Lalalalalala.
It sounds better in the original Croatian.
36. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
If the phone really blewup, one would expect the battery to be damaged. Secondly the screen, internal components and body should show signs of pressure damage from the explosion. Thirdly the phone would not be still functional.
37. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
I thought Apple's support was top notch, charging someone $277 for a phone that exploded is highway robbery. Obviously there was a defect, Apple should have replaced the phone for free.
42. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
You failed to realize that the phone was intact and functional. Again if it really blew up, I expect to see pressure damage from expanding materials. I would also see injuries from the user(s). You may argue that the phone was in a case, however you are dealing with an explosion (expansion). Explosions ffollows the laws of physics and chemistry people.
47. biggles (Posts: 213; Member since: 15 Oct 2009)
I see where they could apply doubt to a cracked screen, but it's a bit difficult for a consumer to blow out their speaker such that pieces of debris are launched from the phone. Maybe it was a power surge rather than a chemical reaction, but either way, if it is a rapid rise in temperature that causes a sudden expansion of material, that qualifies as an explosion. So if it was electrical and of a much smaller scale, the energy released was not enough to fracture the case/frame/glass and send it flying. That doesn't disqualify this as a potential case of an explosion simply because it doesn't meet a more extreme definition by your standards. Sounds to me like Apple trying to weasel out of a legitimate warranty claim.
49. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Defective components, regardless of how bad the damage was. Apple should have replaced this phone.
39. AfterShock (Posts: 2904; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Thought it was alarm clock an hammered snooze button is more plausible.
40. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)
So has Apple started investigating why so many of their phones keep exploding? That's the article I'd like to see. Apple seems to be ignoring the problem in hopes thatit will just go away. Well, I'm sure tthey'l issue some kind of statement.
44. poping (unregistered)
could be an expanding or swollen battery...
batteries as they grow old may expand or become swollen causing the screen to crack...
macbooks are known to have these problems. apparently, iphones as well...
45. poping (unregistered)
51. rajcrazy (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)
I think Apple Iphone 4s is one of the best Iphone of 2013,It is really in a great demand, I recently bought Apple Iphone 4s from shopbychoicece in a great deal that is @ Rs.35,990/- after 7% discount, it was my first online shopping and I have great experience and now onwards I prefer online shopping, it really consumes time!!!!!!!!!!!!