Man's iPhone 4 explodes

Man's iPhone 4 explodes
Check out the video at the bottom of this page of the aftermath following a rare occurrence in which an Apple iPhone 4 overheated so badly that it caused it to explode right there on the guy’s table.

The iPhone 4 was sitting on a wooden table when the incident occurred. Everything was fine, until the phones battery got so hot that it started to smoke, causing the smoke alarm in the house to go off. The phone heated up so badly that the back just blew off. It didn’t blow off all the way as you can see, but it’s only hanging there by a thread.

Apparently the guy went to the Apple store in hopes of getting a replacement; hopefully they fulfilled that need for him. This isn’t the first time an Apple product has practiced spontaneous combustion, so tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Slash Phone

Related phones

iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)



1. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Quality Apple product (smh)

7. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Maybe he was holding it wrong? The biggest reason why this is a big deal is because it's an iPhone. Let's not forget other stories of phones heating up to the point where they burn people's skin in the past. I think the rare instances that something like this happens compared to the amount of iPhones on the market right now makes it not a big deal...still I wonder what could have caused it to blow like that...

10. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Damn it, you beat me to the holding it wrong line... Anyway, whenever you have a rechargeable LiPo battery, you have the chance of explosion. They're the best compromise currently between size and power stored, but they're also volatile. They need to be charged properly, to the right amount and no more, stored properly, etc... It could have been failed control circuitry that cuts off charge once full

2. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay- I do not care if you love the iPhone- that's kinda funny!

3. breathlesstao unregistered

...let me guess, this is no malfunction or some such, just another revolutionary feature, aye? 8) And btw - Youtube and Sony, plz go f××× yourselves, thank you.

4. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

Pretty worthless video. Was the phone plugged in when it happened? That would be nice to know.. very hard to believe it would just start overheating on its own.

5. killemall unregistered

small price to pay (seing your phone exploding) for a best phone in world (for now i hope)...

6. dcgore unregistered

Maybe "there was an app for that"

8. Tristann

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 04, 2010

Third Party Charger? My G2 would get extremely hot from a third party charger i bought and would remain cool if i used the charger that came with it.

9. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I'm not an iPhone fan, but this story is fishy. Somebody is just looking for attention, and this obviously modified video is their sick way of getting it. Probably they dropped the phone in the john, and now they're trying to make it look like it blew up on its own.

11. Mike the Pirate unregistered

Too bad it wasn't Steve Job's head. Eventually, that will explode, too.

12. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If only the iPhone had affordable insurance options...oh wait, they dont because that would require them to offer something resembling customer service.

14. JustPlainDave

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

We can't have Apple attempting customer service. Do you know how much social uproar would ensue?

13. Kevin098 unregistered

I can't see it because it contain sony music entertainment which is blocked in my country !

15. nmnn unregistered

iExplosion, the app :)

16. Presiyan unregistered

please give another link to wach this video :)

17. Jersey unregistered

Now, if a good portion of iphone users would also explode...

18. Lunix unregistered

How come iphone4 it has heat sensor

19. omar huertas unregistered

this is apple reply to the iphone blowing up and thinking replacing a phone n seeding me a 64 gig ipod touch is enuff post this i need traffic to get the media attention

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