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Apple iPhone 6 bends, causing a second degree burn on man's leg

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Apple iPhone 6 bends, causing a second degree burn on man's leg
Phillip Lecther was riding a pettiicab when all off a sudden, the vehicle was involved in an accident. Instead of being being ejected from the cab, the force of the accident slammed Lechter against the wall of the cabin he was riding in. This force caused the Apple iPhone 6 in Lechter's front pocket, which was nestled inside a leather case, to bend and catch on fire.

While not every bent phone will puncture the battery, in this case, it did. The subsequent fire caused a second-degree burn on Lechter's leg measuring 11.5cm x 10.5cm in size, surrounded by an area of first-degree burns. Being ensconced in a leather case didn't protect the iPhone 6 from getting bent.

It would seem that if this incident proves anything, it is that a smartphone that bends not only looks pretty bad, it also can cause serious bodily harm to the user. In defense of the iPhone 6, the force of the impact might have damaged other smartphones as well. Unfortunately, because of the previous reports detailing how easily the Apple iPhone 6 Plus bends, the first thing that comes to mind is that the build quality of the iPhone 6 was somehow responsible for what occured.

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source: Geek

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posted on 17 Oct 2014, 20:47 59

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2223; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

This is really bad.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 20:48 4

3. vandroid (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

This is really bad, but as always theres more to the story we don't know about. I'm going to assume thy damaged their phone and etc.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 21:50 33

38. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

I don't really get if Apple is involved in this kind of scenario ifans react that it's not true. True there is always 2 sides of the story but if a different OEM experience these they would just say because the build was crap. For them apple can never make a mistake.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 22:33 20

47. coolrx (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)

He can use Bendgay to soothe his second degree burn.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 22:46 2

52. TheMoltenD (Posts: 109; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


posted on 18 Oct 2014, 04:57 11

87. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

See this is now another real life usage situation. The iPhone 6 & 6 Plus are just bad design. You make an aluminum phone so thin that it absolutely needs some sort of reinforcement. The reinforcement is missing & causing those phones to bend.

The iPhone 6 & 6 Plus just came out, so this is STILL just the beginning. More & more of these stories will keep on popping up. Since Apple made millions & millions of these phones already, this problem will keep showing it's ugly face exponentially.

Apple iPhone 6s & 6s Plus will be built differently. I can promise you that.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 23:37 7

60. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

When was Apple's phone sold as being crash-resistant? Sony sells water-resistant smartphones that Sony asserts comply with a given level of water resistance. Where has Apple made a claim regarding crash resistance about their iToys? Provide a link to an apple.com site, please.

The phone bent and ruptured the battery causing a fire, but it was all based on the crash, not any inherent defect in the phone.

Latest example of click-bait from PA.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 00:58 11

72. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Well to be fair, that wasn't much of an accident that supposedly caused this. The petticab wasn't like totalled or something. Even when I got tboned and my car was written off, the phone in my pocket was fine.

Whiplash level accident that jolts or slams you really shouldn't do this. That's some non durable stuff Apple has here if this story is true. Sounds plausible enough.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 08:30 1

106. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

You are in a car, strapped in, with the car taking the brunt of the damage. Getting thrown about in a petticab means you have the kinetic energy of the crash and your flying body bidirectional onto a phone. A Caterpillar smartphone would have probably ruptured. Your physics comprehension is as bad as your rhetoric.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 10:16 4

120. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

Actually your physics comprehension is the one lacking. Yes an object in Motion stays in motion, great job for showing off an elementary understanding. Him being in motion in the back of the car with the phone SECURELY IN HIS POCKET should NOT result in the rupture of the battery cell. It's simple, Apple could have used a stronger metal but they chose to go with a MUCH more malleable Aluminum for the sheer fact of COST. They were worried any their production cost vs sale price, PERIOD. They could have still executed the same dimension in thickness by just using a stronger metal or even a mix. They simply chose to pursue dollars over build quality.

And don't be a douche and say "well any company has to pursue dollars" it's already been shown in a tear down that the new IPhones are around 240$ per unit at cost. Which is more then enough margins

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 05:17 1

161. testerguy (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Twisted247, how dare you accuse someone of not understanding physics when your argument is that the phone was securely in his pocket?

Don't be so idiotic. If he is flying forward because the vehicle stops but he doesn't, he smashes (WITH THE PHONE) into the front of said vehicle, a massive impact which would destroy probably any phone.

You're then turning around and saying that because it was in his pocket it shouldn't happen? Please think before you type next time.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:36 2

133. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Geez you are stupid.... Lol

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:39 2

134. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Please don't talk if you lack the understanding of physics. Unless he flew perfectly straight, his arms legs or a variety of things would hit first instead of the phone in his fricking pocket. And even then there wouldn't be enough force to make your phone look like the object that was hit first.

You are a moron. Seriously.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 12:35 1

128. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

In all fairness, where you there and involved?

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:41 2

135. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I am just going by the pictures and article. You know, the only thing we have to go by.

And no, no accident situation should cause that damage unless the iPhone was a POS.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 15:50 2

136. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Wowww, so your saying no accident whatsoever should cause damage to a cell phone. Dude you just confirmed your idiot fanboy status.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 16:05 3

137. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

No accident where the phone doesnt make impact

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 20:11 2

146. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Yes it's obvious. Unless it's really serious, there should be no damage to your cell phone. You know how there is never any damage to your keys, wallet, credit cards, sunglasses, etc unless the skeleton is completely crumpled.

It's called common sense. I work for ICBC and I know..

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 21:31 1

149. stealthd (unregistered)

Notice how none of those are electronics. . . and yeah, sunglasses would break in the same situation.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 21:53

150. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Doesn't matter if they are electronics or not. The casings wouldn't bend nor the credit cards. It's common sense. No sunglasses wouldn't break even if they flew into the dash, maybe if you land on them.

If you must have an example of electronic, your cheap plastic gar in wouldn't break and neither would your deck faceplate if you still had an old school deck CD player.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 08:12

163. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Or a better example would be your laptop in your laptop bag flying around your trunk with every hard brake. The padding on a laptop bag is maybe 1 inches at the post with nothing holding it down.

No chance of it breaking that situation even in an accident. So what are the chances of a cell phone in your pocket breaking when held stationary by a persons body weight? Zilch

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 05:12 3

90. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

But no other phone has ever done this and look at the 2 bend areas it's the week areas

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 08:35 2

107. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

You should change your name, because you are as close to an engineer as I am to making the San Francisco 49ers roster.

One, the physics involved in a crash like this are beyond the design of ANY smartphone. This goes far beyond the scope of "single point of failure." If you were any sort of engineer, you would know this.

Two, statistically speaking, the odds that this is the only time this has happened are infinitesimally small. You know why you didn't hear about it? Because this stuff happens, and it isn't news unless it is something that garners attention, like an iPhone hurting someone. Moron.

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 17:54

142. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Boom goes the dynamite

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 12:38 1

129. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

How do you know no other phone has done this? Has there been a report of every phone that was ever involved in an accident/incident? Your post was stupid. Also it's weak areas, not "week areas".

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 01:03

155. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14112; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

if the phone didn't bend so easily, maybe this wouldn't have happened. After all there are millions of car accidents every year. How many have had a phone bend and bur them? NONE until this. Stop being purposefully ignorant.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 22:30 3

45. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)

My iPhone 6 doesn't bend or burn in my pocket. How is that happen to this person. I live here in The Philippines where the wearther is 80 degree. And I put case on my iPhone 6 and doing perfect condition and not worried anything about bend.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 22:51 22

53. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

this guy was in a car accident...read the article

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 23:20 7

58. dimas (Posts: 2513; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

You're trolling right? Either you're stupid or you didn't read the article. I think every phone would be in the same situation if terrible accidents like this happen. This is history learned, and phone manufacturers will come up with better protection for users against battery burns.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 23:52

64. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

Man, you're rich. Mahal nyan eh.

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