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iPhone 7 catches fire, burns a car

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iPhone 7 catches fire, burns a car
It's a fun time in smartphone land right now, after the Note 7 fiasco left the Android team short one player. The whole ordeal, of course, provoked onlookers to more or less react in one of two ways — some feel bad for Samsung and / or over the fact that they won't be able to own a Galaxy Note 7; others gloat, laugh, and point fingers. But everyone is definitely keeping an eye on Apple, waiting for a potential fault in the new iPhone 7 to rear its ugly head and reset the Sammy vs Apple scoreboard.

Well, no matter which side on the fence you are, a new report of a brand-new iPhone 7 catching fire definitely sounds troubling. One Mat Jones drove down to the beach for a surfing lesson and left his 7-day-old iPhone 7 to chill in the car, covered under Mr. Jones' clothes. Upon returning to his vehicle, the surfer found it to be filled with black smoke. It was extremely hot inside and his clothes, together with a huge portion of his car's interior, had burned up. Apparently, the iPhone 7, which was resting inside the car is to blame.

The user insists that the phone hasn't been mechanically hit or dropped over the week of ownership and that only stock Apple accessories were used for charging. Apple has said that it is aware of the incident and is investigating, but hasn't commented any further.

Of course, when one says “beach, surfing, inside car”, the thought of excessive outside heat does come up. But, if the iPhone was truly covered by clothes and not hit with direct sunlight, should it still go ablaze?

This is the second time we hear of an iPhone 7 spontaneously combusting, though, the first incident was obviously caused by heavy mechanical damage to the phone, which caused the battery to go boom. So, no reason to panic just yet, but it would be smart to wait out the investigation if you haven't bought an iPhone 7 just yet.

Thanks for the tip!

source: Yahoo News

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posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:19 7

4. bustafone (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)

Should've bought a Google Pixel phone.

posted on 21 Oct 2016, 02:23

148. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4377; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

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posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:21 1

5. acruzlu (Posts: 428; Member since: 12 Aug 2015)

They're probably gonna say the person charged it wrong, and offer them a free bumper case.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:21 18

7. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 587; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)

Apple will blame and shame the user for this incident. And the user will happily take the blame and shame with pride.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:26 9

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posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:32

17. MelvinPainter (Posts: 75; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Think about it, who would leave a brand new phone in the car?

posted on 21 Oct 2016, 02:26 3

149. razmahtaz001 (Posts: 402; Member since: 11 May 2013)

didnt u read the article? it said that the owner was attending a surf instruction...when i go the beach, i leave my phone in the car...i dont really need it when im swimming for hours LOL.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:34

18. Joosty (Posts: 250; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

This is ridiculous. Now exploding phones have become the norm?

I blame non certified apple approved charging equipment lol

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:34

19. MelvinPainter (Posts: 75; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Not sure what kind of car he has, but it must not have a trunk. Either that or he is too lazy to open it up.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:40

20. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1325; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)

I think I will go back to flip phones...

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:45

24. Ironboned (Posts: 77; Member since: 16 Jun 2016)

Nice now Apple junkies can shut their mouth up

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:50 3

26. NCAAtourney (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)

Um no?

Note 7 has over 100+ reports of exploding units you moron lol

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 10:44 2

79. PrYmCHGOan (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

That is false. There were 112 incidents of an issue. Only 25 caught fire. If you don't know the facts, then just shut-up.

Because lying when the facts are at your fingertips is ridiculous.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 10:57 3

84. Ninetysix (Posts: 2731; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

This is only in the US. There are more incidents in Aus, Europe, China, S Korea.

Any idea why your numbers are not matching?


"Samsung has received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with Note7 phones."

13 + 47 != 25

posted on 21 Oct 2016, 01:46

141. greyarea (Posts: 263; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)

I can answer that. His numbers come directly from the memos he gets as a samsung employee.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 08:56 2

28. fyahking (Posts: 1036; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)

Oh no!!! Recallllll!!!

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 09:11

33. cnour (Posts: 1648; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

Guy: Hey I want to make money!!!

Friend: Buy an iPhone, put it in a car, burn the iPhone, claim that the iPhone exploded then put a video on YouTube.

posted on 21 Oct 2016, 01:34 3

140. tedkord (Posts: 14742; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

You tell them, Donald! It's RIGGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 09:15 1

34. kiko007 (Posts: 5741; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)

Some of you really need to work on your relative math and critical thinking skills.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 09:17

35. dimas (Posts: 2540; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

I'm not taking any sides here. I think manufacturers should go back to the 8mm thickness as this will give more surface area for phones to disperse heat. I leave my s7 edge, which have internal cooling system under the sun when we are at the park on weekends and no overheating happen. Apple should adapted z5 premium or s7 edge cooling technology if they go for thin phones.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 09:18 2

36. omar98 (Posts: 71; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)

Waiting for apple fanboys to justify this

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 09:54

54. Diego! (Posts: 686; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

Oh no! iPhone 7 fiasco!!! :O :P

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 10:12

62. nateatlarge (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

Most of these are because people are retarded and are not reading the certification info on the labels...... non-approved charger + power = FIRE.... Simple people.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 10:20

69. MOTOREZOID (Posts: 110; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)

I don't even trust in my droid turbo & waiting to see when it burns.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 10:24

72. enzotarece (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)

Well no surprise here Samsung sells bombs parts to Apple haha infiltration at its best

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 10:51

81. Fire5 (Posts: 305; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)

The reality is that no longer makes me want to laugh. to continue to see this kind of news, the next will be discontinued and after iPhone7 ?? A whole range of smartphone because of a battery Chinese s**t. Definitely manufacturers need cheap Chinese production control immediately.

posted on 20 Oct 2016, 12:05

93. jeroome86 (Posts: 2202; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Regardless of what OEM you support we need some safety mearsures for these batteries. New tech is welcome but need something for sure. Don't even like leaving anything charging while sleeping and try to change charging habits now.

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