Chinese woman injures eye as Apple iPhone 5 explodes

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. 

source: DaLianEveningNews (translated) via ZDNet

Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

So nothing is going right for Fruit hahaha

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

23. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 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.

27. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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!

29. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 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.

55. flamencoguy

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

"This time though, a charger wasn't involved. " Did you missed this sentence?

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

"this message will self destruct in 40 minutes"

30. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

42. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 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??!

48. zennacko unregistered

South America is your best friend!

52. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

19. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

An eye for an Iphone.

2. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Apple: "She was holding it wrong ! "

7. dangchitrung

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 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."

8. CaoCiBai

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Nope. She dropped it wrong.

47. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

49. zennacko unregistered

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

4. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

5. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Another day, another fruity explosion...

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

24. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

lol, proper reply.

36. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

12. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

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

44. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

not only china, there were similar situations in australia

14. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

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

15. Arman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 08, 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

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.