iPhone 6 Plus reportedly explodes while in student's pocket

While Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 has brought the issue of exploding phones to the fore, we recently saw a case where an iPhone 7 was found apparently burnt to a crisp before it it had even reached its owner. Now, a student at a college in Burlington County, NJ claims his iPhone 6 Plus exploded whilst in his back pocket, which burned a hole in his jeans and left the phone completely totaled. 

As you would imagine of a smartphone in one's pocket, it wasn't on charge. In the case of Note 7 devices going up in flames, the catalyst for exposing faulty batteries has been the connection of a charger. In this instance, Darin Hlavaty's iPhone 6 Plus was untethered in his jean pocket and shortly after he sat down for class, the device started to emit smoke. 

Fellow student Rebecca Bookbinder said of the incident:

Hlavaty said that as he pulled the device from his pocket it felt "super hot" which caused him to throw it to the ground. He also described how he had to kick the device, which he'd owned for about six months, "because it was on fire." 

The device apparently had a crack in it, which may or may not have been partially culpable. A damaged device in a back pocket seems like a potential recipe for disaster, particularly if one is to, say, sit down (on the phone) for class. As we've seen in the past, lithium batteries will explode under certain stresses and conditions regardless of how well or badly a device is made. Perhaps the blame is, like with the Note 7, on the shoulders of its maker -- in this case, Apple. In absence of specific details re the device's prior damage, it's difficult know exactly how this iPhone 6 Plus came to be a crumpled slab of metal.

This isn't the first time that the iPhone 6 Plus has caught the headlines for the wrong reasons. Upon its release in 2014, it was subject to the Bendgate saga, in which some customers complained that the device would become misshapen with ease. While Apple downplayed the issue, it did make some minor design adjustments with the subsequent iPhone 6s series.

Hlavaty's device is el finito, while his jeans now sport a rather large hole. According to the 6ABC news report, Apple has declined to comment on this case, but will investigate since "customer safety is of the utmost importance." 

source: 6ABC

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3. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

That can't be the pic of the real jeans. They look ripped. What is it with the dudes with their phones in rear pockets? I know girls do this but seeing lot of dudes now.

5. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

jeroome86 goes first choosing to ignore the subject matter and dive in to the terrible logic and fashion sense of the pictured owner.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, they do bring up a valid point. The phone allegedly burst into flames, yet the jeans pocket looks to be cut, not burnt.

20. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

I think that the phone did burst on his pocket, as you can see, the corner of his pocket is a little burnt and the inside is too, but they probably decided to rip it off maybe to troll him (His classmates) or himself (To show off on the vid.)

26. PilzXDA

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

Well, if you had half a brain then you could easily put the pieces together. The phone did burn a hole through his jeans on the inside, then to take a picture of it he cut the rear pocket to show the damage that occurred inside the pocket on the inner fabric.

67. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly, you can clearly see what they did to show the inside of the pocket.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple sucks!!!

6. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

AlikMalix goes for the first controversial strike...who will return his feint?

7. AlikMalix unregistered

LoL. That's right!

73. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

...and I'm imagining your comments like the commentator of boxing matches of the 80s.

88. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Ha, like the Commentator of the final boxing match in the 1985 Rocky 4 movie.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hookers suck! ... entirely irrelevant to the article, but I saw an opening and I went for it.

13. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Scott93274 chooses crass sexual humour as his weapon of choice. Geez Scott better hope them feminazis arent around or we might have a 3rd group in this fight

18. kiko007

Posts: 7505; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You......I like you :D. You know good satire when you read it.

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not discriminatory, if you want a piece of me, come get some!

35. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

LMFAO, you guys are crazy

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes hookers suck! Not a bad thing?!

65. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For an extra 20, they swallow.

78. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

Offrourse they do... After all this is what they are paid for...

21. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

*drops popcorn*... F**k it. *throws iphone with dangerous sized bezels at alik* take that fanboy!

34. AlikMalix unregistered

You missed.... now pick up your popcorn, you're littering.

42. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

So does Samsung.

58. jasrockett

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Trump sucks

98. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Trump rocks.

9. S4NDY

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Again one phone pop. Litium-ion batteries are dangerous.

11. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

S4NDY chooses to generlise the issue and pokes at the battery technology. Is this a sign that OEM arent doing enough to improve battery technology?!!

37. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Find out in the next episode of.... PHONES EXPLODING CAUGHT ON CAM. *flies away*

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I'm surprise this hasn't happen more with this model considering the bending issue. We need a tech expert on the scene. Does anyone know one or a make believe will suffice for now?

14. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

photocopy :)

16. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

"Art is an explosion" -Deidara

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