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Self-combusting iPhone caught on camera

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Self-combusting iPhone caught on camera
Once again, we have a story about a phone that caught fire for no apparent reason. Like the one with the Samsung Galaxy S III, which started smoking while being charged, or the iPhone that self-combusted on-board a regional flight in Australia last year. 

Henri Helminen, 17, was on his way to work on Monday morning when inexplicably, his iPhone started smoking badly. The smartphone, which was resting in his pocket, was just over three months old and worked just fine prior to the accident. Thankfully, he managed to take the blazing handset out of his pocket and toss it on the ground before suffering any major injuries. Video of the event was captured by a nearby security camera.

So far, there is no word as to what caused the iPhone to self-incinerate. However, it might have something to do with the device's lithium-ion battery. If short-circuited by accident, a Li-Ion cell can get hot enough to melt a phone. What do you, guys, think might have happened? Feel free to watch the video and share your opinion with us by dropping a comment.

source: Kauppalehti (translated) via 9to5Mac

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posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:02 42

1. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)

Thinking what will Apple say about this??
You're holding the Iphone wrong...!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:02 33

10. tigermcm (Posts: 855; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

I think Apple will actually ask, "well what type of pants was he wearing"

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:18 4

12. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

Hahaha, you got me there :D

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:46 4

14. rf1975 (Posts: 258; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

No. This is because the iPhone was in Nokia's territory. (I mean in Finland close to Nokia’s headquarters).

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 05:13 2

18. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

Apple will say
"yep they are selling like hot pan cakes. There you go the proof why iPhone is sizziling/sexy hot"

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 18:40 1

31. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 81; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)

official apple reply...
nothing happened you were seeing dust on the security camera lens that appeared to be smoke. The iPhone does NOT self ignite because the fine people at apple would tell you if it would do so and no one told you your iPhone could self ignite so it simply can not do so

or ...
if you simply do not place the phone in a confined space like a pocket it would not be able to build up heat and ignite why on earth would you want to spend so much on such a fine device and hide it in a pocket what the hell is wrong with you if you have a problem with it getting hot you can get a batman utility belt with iPhone holster and built in cooling fan

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:05 24

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

There's been way more incidents of the iphone exploding vs ONE SGS3.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:22 2

3. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

But there is more iPhone users out there compared with galaxy .
Remember I am comparing iPhone with galaxy s.
Not iPhone with android

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:44 3

26. matrix_neo (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Be specific dude!! It's not iphone with android but with galaxy s.... then what version of iphone? Ah I know now iphone from 2007 until 2012 including iphone 5 or the new iphone are the same. Obviously yes. Father, are you not feel bored about it?! Lol!!

You're iphone is losing it's crowning glory, having an os that most android users enjoy using it when android eclair was released.

We will be having a party with jelly bean, you're welcome to join but make sure JB is installed in your iphone. Lol!!

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 04:35

34. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

Actually I plan to change into a galaxy nexus .
I wanted a OneX but updates are slower .
Sales show the there are more iPhone 4/4S vs galaxy s2/s3 combined .
I am just pointing out a fact .
I hate you type of fanboys that Bash people just because I say something negative against android
If I state a fact , doesn't mean I owned an iPhone

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:24 24

4. wendygarett (unregistered)

Karma has given Apple the sign of what will happens if ban the competitor device

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 05:33 4

21. Birds (Posts: 1157; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

At the expense of a cute Finnish boy's leg????? No Apple should just quit at life!!! lol

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:26 11

5. Sarath (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)

Samsung should have patented it.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:56 9

17. plgladio (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

But actually iPhone got exploded first. They are seeking ban on SIII for the recent explosion, they are proving it is inherited with Apple so no one can use it. :P

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:45 12

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Cooking eyesheep alive. :D

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:57 5

8. 09wbd03516 (banned) (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 May 2012)


posted on 03 Jul 2012, 21:41

32. BattleBrat (Posts: 1458; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:55 6

16. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

When you buy an iPhone you get extra fireworks

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:46 4

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Are we sure that the phone wasn't a replacement or a repaired unit from a third party shop, like the one in Australia?

Not an iPhone fan, but they generally don't combust. There could have been some extenuating circumstances.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:52 1

23. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Yeah, there has to be. That is way beyond something that should/could/has happened due to standard manufacturer defect.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 03:59 4

9. plgladio (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

I'ld like to post this in my FB wall, one of my friend is a fan of Apple and telling he never hear a iPhone burnt.. :D

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:04 9

11. adi4u4882 (Posts: 137; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

Nice Feature.
Apple will surely implement it in iPhone 5.
And their sales will break the previous records
because it will be widely used by Terrorists.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:48 3

15. rf1975 (Posts: 258; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

I think Samsung will beat Apple by introducing a improved version of this feature in next Galaxy series phone.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 04:41 6

13. plgladio (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Actually when Samsung GSIII explode there were chance to tell that the charger was wrong, what about now?

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 05:27 1

19. marchels14 (unregistered)

ha ha ha burn baby burn.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 05:28 3

20. Birds (Posts: 1157; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

I hope the kids alright. If that were me, i would have left it on my pocket pretending I didn't notice till it started to burn me badly. Then i would have sued in vengeance of Samsung. Just me being insane here move along....DON'T RELPY!!!!!

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 02:55

33. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

ok, i won't reply..

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 06:39

22. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Pffffftch Pffffftch Pffftch Pfftch

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:53

24. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Apple heard that the Army was going with Android and developed this. Those f**king terrorists won't even know what got 'em!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:55

25. flipjzn (Posts: 256; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

When the recent SGS3 burnt or something, people said Apple was behind it.
So, is it ok if I say Samsung is behind this?
No. Things happen. Cud have been worst. Hope the guy is alright.
I just hope my Xperia S doesn't burn while I'm driving, I'd panic and crash! Lol

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:48

27. plgladio (Posts: 314; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Yes you could as long as you don't like Samsung products. :D

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 11:46

28. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Well I'll be. This was great. first time I saw a iPhone incerated itself. must be a new app that does it automatically

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 12:58 1

29. CellieCell (Posts: 121; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)

a few things came to mind while watching this video 1) it's on qik. qik is a social video app, where i noticed the video was a bit shaky. at first i thought it was from a security camera then i watched closer. 2) i turned up the volume and i heard a persons voice a moment later after his pants started smoking.

now i'm sure this could be possible but with this in mind, i don't think it actually happened the way it was... possible hoax or delibertly caused.... just saying, the video was a bit skecthy.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 13:35 1

30. Amro_ (Posts: 12; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

They used a mobile phone to film the screen that they were watching the surveillance video on. That's why the video is on qik and why the video was a bit shaky

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 05:36

35. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)

sue apple!

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 18:39

36. Spiguhe (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

Lets all feel superior and happy and circle jerk to celebrate this joyous accident... Apple baad Google good... apple telephone burned hahaha we were right all along we are smart and superior cellular phone master race lets murderize all apple iOS peoples to eradicate our promised google earth off of these inferior cellular beings...
you smart phone nazis are sad sad fags, sorry, but you truly are (just an opinion of one HTC user)

posted on 11 Aug 2015, 17:08

37. debkinwv (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)

My grand daughters Iphone 6+ caught on fire and Apple is refusing to replace it. She had just rode down the road and went into the gym and laid it down on the floor. Later a woman noticed that it was on fire. Not smoking but on fire. It was purchased in April 2015. I think this is a shame that a company as big as Apple refuses to replace it. It almost burned a hole in the floor and smoked up the whole room full of children and adults.

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