Apple iPhone 6s explodes after charging

Apple iPhone 6s explodes after charging
So what is going on with the Apple iPhone 6s? Some models are having issues with the battery, which Apple says is due to the introduction of too much ambient air during the manufacturing process. As a result, some units hit 30% battery life and immediately shut down as though the battery was at 0%. Plugging the phone into an outlet restarts battery life instantly at 30%. Only certain models are affected says Apple, and those units will receive a free battery replacement.

As we told you the other day, Korean authorities are investigating this so-called #Batterygate issue due to the fear that it could be a safety concern. And while we have no idea whether there is a connection, one of our loyal readers sent us images tonight of his iPhone 6s after it exploded. Our reader told us that the phone was being charged when he unplugged the charger from the outlet. At that moment, smoke started spewing out of the device followed by the appearance of flames. He then dropped the handset onto the floor.

We have some pictures of the aftermath of the explosion and fire. You can check them out by clicking on the slideshow below. There is no word yet from the phone's owner on whether he plans on getting in touch with Apple, a lawyer, or both. He also didn't mention whether he sustained any injuries from the incident.


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iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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64 Comments

1. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

There is a real need for battery tech to evolve after all such incidents happening with handsets from even big manufacturers. After Note 7 debacale and now 6s battery gate. What happened to the solid state batteries that were expected to come out this year?

2. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Tim Cook: looks like my products are pretty awesome. Steve Jobs: I won't forgive you, worst CEO I ever seen.

3. Boybawang

Posts: 204; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

That's a good thing. The industry will be forced to research a safer battery tech.

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I still think "exploding" isn't the right term for these iPhone and Note 7 incidents.

11. Alan01

Posts: 578; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

In the 7-8 years that I've been writing for PhoneArena, we have always used that term. On one hand, I agree that 'exploding' might not seem like the right word. But when you look at some of the pictures, you see the aftermath of what appears to have been a violent action of some sort. In certain cases I think you can successfully make the argument that the inside of the phone exploded. Regards, Alan F.

14. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Or the inside of the phone combusted, which is more relevant than exploded.

36. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2299; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You did ask the reader to show what kind of charger he was using right? And where it was plugged in. Just in case there is any doubts about this incident. I would ask for a picture of the charger. Because there is a history of iPhones in Asia exploding due to the Chinese using cheap replacement chargers. And I know that with this being a 6s there is a good chance the original charger could've gotten too old already (i.e. Apple makes bad chargers that don't hold up and after a while the internal wire becomes exposed).

43. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1306; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Call it what I do. Catastrophic failure.

12. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

couldn't agree more

13. trublackrose

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

Explosion - Noun - an act or instance of exploding; a violent expansion or bursting with noise, as of gunpowder or a boiler (opposed to implosion ). Explode - Verb - to expand with force and noise because of rapid chemical change or decomposition, as gunpowder or nitroglycerine (opposed to implode ). or to burst, fly into pieces, or break up violently with a loud report, as a boiler from excessive pressure of steam. Seems to be the right term based on the very definition of it. The only questionable part is "Noise"

46. sissy246

Posts: 7006; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly They don't explod, they catch fire.

6. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

Its still a isolated incident unlike rogue note 7

21. tedkord

Posts: 17136; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Less than a tenth of a percent of Note 7s had an issue.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Your math skills are very off.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17136; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Less than 200 were reported, and more than 2 million were sold. 200/2000000*100=.01 Thus, less than a tenth of a percent of Note 7s were affected. Better check your math skills.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yet there was a massive recall with Samsung and carriers going as far as disabling phones with OTA updates.

16. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3092; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You're charging it wrong and compensation for you.

17. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3092; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No compensation *

19. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

The dude was probably charging it wrong since it's an "iPhone!":)

20. Arvin_Leo

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 15, 2016

Hope my new "iphone 7" won't explode !!!

28. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

Well it is really weird and bizarre that is started happening to ip6s ONLY now when ip7 releaaed and new shty ios 10 ip6s released loong time ago and NEVER been issues with it whatsoever! All sudden now?? Is it not perhaps case you iphone owners should discuss seriously with rapple? Their "strange" software number 10 ? All good on 7 series but problems on 5 or 5s or 6 or 6s?? Don't you isheep see it? Oh and sudden touch disease? How fkin convenient right? Wake up ifans! rApple destroying your old phones by altering their software that you give up and go buy their new not famous 7 series. Oh and don't worry.. Next yeat there won't be any 8 but expect 7s with extra one pathetic feature.. For 1000 bucks ;)

29. Need4Sneed

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 16, 2016

I had to register to comment on this article. I repair iPhones of every type every day, and that's NOT a 6S, it's a 6 Plus. The display assembly plate is from a 6 series, i.e., has no 3D Touch components and the LCD array stop is not secured being the plate as it is on a 6S. In truth, the rear assembly plates of the 6 and 6S series are VASTLY different . . this is a 6 Plus . . AND, you can tell from the location of the taptic engine location under the battery connector plate, this is a 6 Plus. The bottom firing speaker is also another giveaway of the 6 Plus. Sucks it blew up, but just wanted to clarify that.

30. Need4Sneed

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 16, 2016

the shape of the bottom firing speaker I mean. ;-)

32. obedchuni

Posts: 316; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

apple should have informed the customer, Don't know why but they don't, god damn how many people might be suffering from this problem and for this they deserve BAD APPLE

33. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Ha Ha new TNT. well done Apple.

34. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Explosion Gate! ISIS should start using iNades... it will work great :D Almost blew up the backyard last night due to my iPhone 7 Plus. Luckily no one was harmed.

41. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Why are you covering this? IphoneArena ? Lol.

63. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Ahahaha those people shut up about iPhoneArena when such news are reported.

62. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

My battery shuts off as high as 50% when the outside temperature is below 45 degrees.

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