Apple iPhone batteries catch on fire yesterday and today at two different Apple Stores


For the second time in two days, an Apple iPhone battery exploded inside an Apple Store. Today, a room in the Apple Store in Valencia, Spain was filled with smoke after a battery inside an iPhone unit being repaired caught on fire. Workers at the store smothered the flames and opened the window to let out the smoke. While three firefighters and police arrived at the scene, their presence was not needed. There were no injuries as a result of the blast, which took place at 1:30pm local time.

On Tuesday, an Apple Store employee in Zurich, Switzerland received minor burns when a battery inside an iPhone caught on fire. All together, seven people were treated at the scene, although none required transportation to the hospital.

Apple recently admitted that it throttled the speed of the CPU on iPhone 6 and later models. The company said it had to do this to prevent older handsets carrying weak and depleted batteries, from shutting down when facing complex tasks. As a result, Apple has reduced the price of replacing the battery on these models from $79 to $29 through the end of the year. Thus, many Apple Stores have been busier than usual replacing batteries, which might increase the possibility that explosions like these two could occur.

source: LasProvincias (translated) via AppleInsider

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50 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

So buying a new iPhone is the safest way?

4. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

When they can't throttle your CPU anymore, they just enable the iBomb feature.

16. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Better than what Samsung did with the Galaxy Nuke 7, where they literally made every phone a bomb. Oh how quickly we forget...

17. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

A Bomb > A Top Notch Throttled CPU iBomb W/ Unstable Updates & $29 Overpriced Replacement Battery

20. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's just begin, how many more will explode as repairs start. This is about iPhones not Samsung. So stop trying to deflect.

23. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"Oh how quickly we forget..." I remember Samsung had a recall will apple, not in a million years.

30. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Apple really good at sweeping them under the rugs. Beside their fans probably have no brain lol.

39. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Well considering there were only 35 cases of the Note 7 actually catching fire, you might say the iPhone is more dangerous, Why?, well on YouTube there are more than 35 videos of iPhones going pop, if you then consider that the chances of this being caught on video is probably less than 1% then you can come to a very good conclusion that the number of iPhones going catastophic is far far higher than the number of Note 7 cases.

48. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hmmm don't recall every note 7 blowing up. Please share your source...

50. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

You must have forgotten that Samsung recalled every single one of those phones and nearly went as far as turning them into paperweights with forced updates. Apple is going as far as charging you to replace what may be intentionally defective batteries.

52. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Ironically, yes. All silliness aside, cool fact: 99.999% of exploding/puffy iPhone batteries goes unreported.

5. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Wow! I'm just passing along the story. Would you rather that someone got hurt? I do not use an iPhone. 99% of the smartphones I have owned have been Android, and my current daily driver is the Moto Z Force Droid. With everything that is going on in the world, this battle between iOS users and Android users is ridiculous. This year, iOS and Android fans can both pick up a great phone with fabulous features. I'd be happy as could be with either the iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Can't we just celebrate the amazing growth in smartphone features over the years? My passion for smartphones is why I do this job. Think about all of the changes we've seen in this industry over the last decade, and be happy that you were around to witness this. Alan F.

7. black.inco unregistered

Alan, I would honestly say that I thought you were an all-out iPhone user. Lol. Jokes aside, best post I've seen this week!

8. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Fake Alan account, his original account is Alan.f

11. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Ha Ha! I chose a different user name for my personal account. Alan F.

10. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Funny how you post this, but your articles tell a different story. They tend to be iPhone biased. Maybe this is required to work for PhoneArena?! The X is a very good phone. It is the best iPhone yet. But Apple should have support both 32bit and 64bit apps. I have cool games that would have been awesome on that display, but Apple ruined that dream by not support them. Yet keep going up. If iOS is so advanced, why dn't it support 32/64, like Windows and Android.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"99% of the smartphones I have owned have been Android" You'll need to own at least 100 smartphones to say that :-/

44. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

good point!

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Excellent post Alan, and a no-pulled-punched, straight-forward article. Great work.

9. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

Fake news, mine running like a champ, and little to no warm on my phone!

12. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It appears you can't read. The article says the battery was being replaced. Try learning to read be4 you hurt yourself http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/09/technology/apple-iphone-battery-burning-smoke/index.html Funny how people think because something isn't happening to them, that means it isn't hsppening

37. Pigaro

Posts: 87; Member since: May 15, 2016

Apple and Samsung want to be first in everything, so they do bad things.

41. Magnusson

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Which iPhones specifically had this issue?

45. Jrod99

Posts: 760; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I thought oh crap when I read the headline. But actually it’s from replacing the battery’s. Probably a common risk for this since they’re not user replaceable and required little more effort.

51. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I worked in a store that replaced iPhone batteries, Apple and many 3rd party companies have done it for years, it's not a common risk. Battery is easy to disconnect, there is an annoying adhesive holding it in place, but unless you attack it with a knife like an idiot you should be fine.

46. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

The Switzerland incident doesn't say the phone was in for repair.

53. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

This is why every iPhone user should hurry and replace their battery!! Quick, before your phone implodes! LOLOLOLOL!!!!

54. prakash_shewani

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 05, 2016

See I told you they are copying samsung

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