Self-combusting iPhone caught on camera

Self-combusting iPhone caught on camera
Once again, we have a story about a phone that caught fire for no apparent reason. Like the one with the Samsung Galaxy S III, which started smoking while being charged, or the iPhone that self-combusted on-board a regional flight in Australia last year. 

Henri Helminen, 17, was on his way to work on Monday morning when inexplicably, his iPhone started smoking badly. The smartphone, which was resting in his pocket, was just over three months old and worked just fine prior to the accident. Thankfully, he managed to take the blazing handset out of his pocket and toss it on the ground before suffering any major injuries. Video of the event was captured by a nearby security camera.

So far, there is no word as to what caused the iPhone to self-incinerate. However, it might have something to do with the device's lithium-ion battery. If short-circuited by accident, a Li-Ion cell can get hot enough to melt a phone. What do you, guys, think might have happened? Feel free to watch the video and share your opinion with us by dropping a comment.

source: Kauppalehti (translated) via 9to5Mac



1. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Thinking what will Apple say about this?? You're holding the Iphone wrong...!

10. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I think Apple will actually ask, "well what type of pants was he wearing"

12. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Hahaha, you got me there :D

14. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

No. This is because the iPhone was in Nokia's territory. (I mean in Finland close to Nokia’s headquarters).

18. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Apple will say "yep they are selling like hot pan cakes. There you go the proof why iPhone is sizziling/sexy hot"

31. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 2009

official apple reply... nothing happened you were seeing dust on the security camera lens that appeared to be smoke. The iPhone does NOT self ignite because the fine people at apple would tell you if it would do so and no one told you your iPhone could self ignite so it simply can not do so or ... if you simply do not place the phone in a confined space like a pocket it would not be able to build up heat and ignite why on earth would you want to spend so much on such a fine device and hide it in a pocket what the hell is wrong with you if you have a problem with it getting hot you can get a batman utility belt with iPhone holster and built in cooling fan


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

There's been way more incidents of the iphone exploding vs ONE SGS3.

3. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

But there is more iPhone users out there compared with galaxy . Remember I am comparing iPhone with galaxy s. Not iPhone with android

26. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Be specific dude!! It's not iphone with android but with galaxy s.... then what version of iphone? Ah I know now iphone from 2007 until 2012 including iphone 5 or the new iphone are the same. Obviously yes. Father, are you not feel bored about it?! Lol!! You're iphone is losing it's crowning glory, having an os that most android users enjoy using it when android eclair was released. We will be having a party with jelly bean, you're welcome to join but make sure JB is installed in your iphone. Lol!!

34. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Actually I plan to change into a galaxy nexus . I wanted a OneX but updates are slower . Sales show the there are more iPhone 4/4S vs galaxy s2/s3 combined . I am just pointing out a fact . I hate you type of fanboys that Bash people just because I say something negative against android If I state a fact , doesn't mean I owned an iPhone

4. wendygarett unregistered

Karma has given Apple the sign of what will happens if ban the competitor device

21. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

At the expense of a cute Finnish boy's leg????? No Apple should just quit at life!!! lol

5. Sarath

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Samsung should have patented it.

17. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

But actually iPhone got exploded first. They are seeking ban on SIII for the recent explosion, they are proving it is inherited with Apple so no one can use it. :P

6. ilia1986 unregistered

iPhone Cooking eyesheep alive. :D

8. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012


32. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011


16. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

When you buy an iPhone you get extra fireworks

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Are we sure that the phone wasn't a replacement or a repaired unit from a third party shop, like the one in Australia? Not an iPhone fan, but they generally don't combust. There could have been some extenuating circumstances.

23. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah, there has to be. That is way beyond something that should/could/has happened due to standard manufacturer defect.

9. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I'ld like to post this in my FB wall, one of my friend is a fan of Apple and telling he never hear a iPhone burnt.. :D

11. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Nice Feature. Apple will surely implement it in iPhone 5. And their sales will break the previous records because it will be widely used by Terrorists.

15. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I think Samsung will beat Apple by introducing a improved version of this feature in next Galaxy series phone.

13. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Actually when Samsung GSIII explode there were chance to tell that the charger was wrong, what about now?

19. marchels14 unregistered

ha ha ha burn baby burn.

20. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I hope the kids alright. If that were me, i would have left it on my pocket pretending I didn't notice till it started to burn me badly. Then i would have sued in vengeance of Samsung. Just me being insane here move along....DON'T RELPY!!!!!

33. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

ok, i won't reply..

22. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Pffffftch Pffffftch Pffftch Pfftch

24. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Apple heard that the Army was going with Android and developed this. Those f**king terrorists won't even know what got 'em!

25. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

When the recent SGS3 burnt or something, people said Apple was behind it. So, is it ok if I say Samsung is behind this? No. Things happen. Cud have been worst. Hope the guy is alright. I just hope my Xperia S doesn't burn while I'm driving, I'd panic and crash! Lol

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