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Chinese woman injures eye as Apple iPhone 5 explodes

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Chinese woman injures eye as Apple iPhone 5 explodes
With Apple trying desperately to inform its Chinese customers about the dangers of using third party chargers, another news story comes out of China about an exploding Apple iPhone 5. This time though, a charger wasn't involved. A woman whose family name is Li, came to work and was using her iPhone to make a call with a friend that was lasting about 40 minutes. Feeling the screen of her phone getting warm, she tried to end the call, but the touchscreen was not responding. Then, the iPhone 5 exploded.

Li says that she could not open one of her eyes following the explosion, and felt debris going into her eye. The doctor noticed a mark on her eye, which was made by some material that had scratched her. Additionally, her eye was also red and inflamed.

The victim told Chinese media that she had purchased her Apple iPhone 5 in September 2012. She had dropped the phone once, which left a small dent in the top right corner of the screen where it exploded. She said though, that the phone was usable despite a small drop in responsiveness where the dent was. She also said that she was not expecting any compensation from Apple, but she did wonder why her friends' less expensive phones with a similar screen problem, didn't explode.

Apple's after-sales service department told Da Lian Evening News that it will investigate, but that the explosion would not normally be covered under the handset's warranty. Earlier this year, a Chinese flight attendant was killed by a lethal shock that came from her Apple iPhone 5 when she answered a call while the device was recharging. 

This Apple iPhone 5 exploded, injuring the owner's eye

This Apple iPhone 5 exploded, injuring the owner's eye


source: DaLianEveningNews (translated) via ZDNet

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posted on 11 Aug 2013, 22:48 16

1. AnTuTu (Posts: 894; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


So nothing is going right for Fruit hahaha

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:40 2

9. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1964; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Cheap fones and aftermarket charging cables, just dont mix, lol

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:56 1

23. james004 (Posts: 478; Member since: 15 May 2013)


alot of these injuries are happening in china, either it can be blamed on aftermarket cheap chargers or competitor bribing people to injure themselves for headline stories.
nothing personal china but there has been long history of people doing stupid things there for money, selling kidney and kids.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 02:43 5

27. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1629; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


How can someone bribe you to blow up your iPhone.....besides let's not go into what countries did what, that's dangerous ground!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:39 1

29. james004 (Posts: 478; Member since: 15 May 2013)


alright fine, then how come its apple then samsung then apple then samsung and now again apple. all with same news of phone blowing up. i cant think of anyother company that hates each other more and is suing each other more than this.
seems pretty obvious its all a setup.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 14:37 1

55. flamencoguy (Posts: 97; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


"This time though, a charger wasn't involved. "

Did you missed this sentence?

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 00:42

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1362; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


"this message will self destruct in 40 minutes"

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:44

30. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Maybe she was using a third party batte....O wait!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 08:33

42. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


OMG, that's not funny!! I know this woman, she's the one I buy my bootleg dvds from! How the hell am I going to contact her now??!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 11:03

48. zennacko (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


South America is your best friend!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 12:05

52. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Duh .... I know thaaat.
But, thanks anyway.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:26 7

19. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 847; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


An eye for an Iphone.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 22:50 28

2. sarb009 (Posts: 293; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Apple: "She was holding it wrong ! "

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:28 2

7. dangchitrung (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


And : "We will investigate to find out more WTF is wrong with you guys to use the phones non-Apple way. You customers are so pathetic."

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:32

8. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Nope. She dropped it wrong.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 10:58 1

47. akki20892 (Posts: 3571; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Dang it, i told u don't use front face camera.......!!!

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 22:54 2

3. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Maybe the iphone 5 has a defect that can cause it to explode?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:58

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5879; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


More like the earlier drop stressed the screen. Add in the extended use and resulting temperature increase caused the screen to burst.

One more reason to provide a case for the iPhone. For that matter, for any smartphone.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 11:05

49. zennacko (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


Which case? Lifeproof that covers the front as well? Or an EOD cover made by SWAT?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:00 1

4. pwnarena (Posts: 948; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


The next day it will be about Samsung. I think they're just trying to dig dirt about each other while the Chinese cannibalize their market share in China.

So when will we hear news about a Chinese phone exploding or leaking? I thought these Chinese phones are supposed to be the more unreliable ones.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:01 5

5. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Okay, I think common sense should dictate that if a customer calls or comes into a store and says their just exploded in my eye (mind out of the gutter fellas), the response should something a little more empathetic than, "explosion would not normally be covered under the phone's warranty". I'm sure that was just a bad choice of words, but that was a REALLY bad choice of words.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:06 10

6. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5586; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Another day, another fruity explosion...

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:46 4

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8719; Member since: 14 May 2012)


From this day forward, you can not say S-Plode, S-Bomb or anything related to Samsung phones exploding. If you do, well, I don't even have to finish the sentence because it's pretty obvious.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 00:11 6

13. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5586; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I can say whatever I want, this is called freedom of speech. If you're butthurt, ignore my comment. As simple as that.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:59 2

24. james004 (Posts: 478; Member since: 15 May 2013)


lol, proper reply.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 05:10 1

36. shuaibhere (Posts: 1607; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


oh yea a troll can say whatever he/she wants.....but smart people know their limits....and the way they should talk...

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 00:07 4

12. Damitel (Posts: 65; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Getting tired of all this. Why always China? Not an Apple fan in anyway, my brand is always Samsung or htc.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 09:37 1

44. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1411; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


not only china, there were similar situations in australia

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 00:23 4

14. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Notice they're all in china. Stop using fake chargers kids.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 00:26

15. Arman (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Jul 2013)


I think that lethal shock was an iphone 4 or 4S (stainless steel frame) with an inappropriate unofficial charger.. please fix the article. :)

its really sad to hear these accidents . specially the one I mentioned above(with those romantic photos of the couple :( ). .. the other iphone galaxy incidents was all from unofficial chargers or batteries.. but I think this one is a little strange

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 02:29 1

26. Alan01 (Posts: 192; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


No, it was an Apple iPhone 5...the Apple iPhone 4 was responsible for another incident that left a Chinese man in a coma.

Alan F.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 07:01

39. Arman (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Jul 2013)


thanks for reply. :)

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 11:13

50. zennacko (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


I wish they could tell us in the news what had blown on that part to cause such explosion, if it was the speaker, the camera chip, maybe, or if there was some C4 on the phone lol Because there's no way it could be the display (If it was, would make more sense if it exploded or at least cracked on the middle, not on a distant corner) or a random explosion on a place with a dent... because, well, nothing is so unstable to blow by itself, unless its very own purpose is to serve as an explosive...

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 00:54 3

17. johnbftl (Posts: 207; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


“I'm sorry you're phone exploded in your face, but that's not covered under warranty." That is the most heartless stance I've ever heard any company take. I get it, it's a freak occurrence that no manufacturer foresees when they write the verbiage for the warranty, but come on. Most warranties state damage caused under normal usage. Due to the exploding screen, I'm pretty sure if that woman wasn't honest about dropping it, she could have kept her mouth shut and no one would have ever known a dent was there. If that had happened in the U.S. or EU there'd be such a huge lawsuit. Lucky for them it's China. You can't execute a corporation and charge the family for the cost of the bullet.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 06:49 1

38. joey_sfb (Posts: 3011; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Typical Apple's iOwnU attitude towards their customers.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 10:45

46. stealthd (Posts: 971; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


A phone being dropped and damaged is never considered "normal usage".

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:06 1

18. amiaq (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


KARMA, Apple you deserve it!!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:28 2

20. jacko1977 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


Mxyzptlk where r u HHHhhheeellllllooo when something goes wrong with c/apple hes nowhere to be seen

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:47

31. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Maybe it's him...or her, lol.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:36 3

21. KiranPAUSER (Posts: 73; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


iBOMB

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 01:42

22. harigrg33 (Posts: 159; Member since: 20 May 2013)


Now i am afraid my s4 9500 will also get explode someday as its get so hot while I play games like asphalt 3 for 15mins...

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 02:27 1

25. iushnt (Posts: 697; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


its not due to being hot. It must be related to defective battery.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 02:54 1

28. ammarnadim93 (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


I dont get it..
why always china ? and why always apple and samsung ?

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 04:02

32. aditya.k (Posts: 467; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Cause nuclear bombing is too mainstream. :D

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 04:07

33. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


I love that
Blowing apple don't eat it you gonna die

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 04:22

34. AsisHaas (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Screen Protector on please everyone !!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 04:33 1

35. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2700; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


So prefer Apple for eating only.

Eye iNjured, an eye opener. Always use original products.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 06:21 1

37. mobilegod (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


this is the real quality of apple

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 08:02

40. njguy (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 May 2013)


This is just part of Apple's guerrilla marketing for thei upcoming product the iPatch

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 08:03

41. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Apple is attacking China head on! Going after the country, face first, for Huawei spying on us. They are trying to open eyes!

Or maybe the U.S. government is involved and this is some kind of way of routing out hidden chinese spies. #conspiracytheory

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 09:23

43. MauriceGerald (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)


IBOMB

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 10:37 1

45. Taters (Posts: 3307; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Some of you people are reaching hard with your conspiracy theories. There are more Apple and Samsung phones in circulation thatn most. And to the outside world those are the only two cellphone companies worth reporting about that will get enough clicks or views to justify writing the article or doing the news report.

There is nothing strange about where these reports come from or why it is always Apple or Samsung. It's common sense.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 11:51

51. Robert235 (Posts: 50; Member since: 30 May 2010)


I understand aftermarket accessories is not recommended to use.I been using aftermarkets batteries and chargers since droid x and droid incredible days.You never heard news like this on android devices.That's Apple's quality.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 12:10 1

53. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Lot of immature comments, someone could possibly be blinded or visually impaired for life and some people are making jokes about it. There's plenty of articles posted where you can show your dislike for Apple but this shouldn't be one of them.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 14:22

54. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Well why use that products... This is the 4th incident.

Not immature, but the truth. ™

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 16:02

56. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


4 out of how many millions sold? And it's not just the iPhone that has problems.

I'm not a fan of Apple by any means, and neither am I going to lower my personal standards my making a joke of people getting hurt. Some don't share that though.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 02:00

57. shadez10 (Posts: 403; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Year of the Killer iPhones

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