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IPHONE explosions and fires are rare but can do real damage when they occur.
Apple products are some of the most transformative inventions to ever hit the market – but accidents happen.
The iPhone was introduced in 2007 to positive reviews but noticeable shortcomings.
The New York Times wrote of the first generation iPhone: “The iPhone is revolutionary; it’s flawed. It’s substance; it’s style. It does things no phone has ever done before; it lacks features found even on the most basic phones.”
The device sold 1.4million units priced between $499 and $599 in its first year – a respectable haul but no where near the market share they own today.
Today, the iPhone is an epic handheld computer – but it’s built with flammable materials, which can destroy the device from the inside and put the user at risk.
Apple support pages note that preventing fires starts with plugging your hardware in properly.
Make sure your USB cord is soundly fitted into the power block before plugging the power block into the wall – failure to do so could result in power running through a conductor that is exposed to the user and the environment.
Apple recommends users remove metal cases and avoid putting metal objects on the charger while its in use.
In the event your battery starts to swell or make noise, stop using the device and take it to an Apple retailer – also note Apple advises against trying to change your own battery in support pages.
Apple’s support pages touch on using “common sense” and avoiding situations where the charger has prolonged contact with the skin – do not sleep with an actively powered charger, they note.
iPhone explosions have landed Apple in court on more than one occasion.
In 2019, a Texas man launched a suit against Apple when his iPhone 6 exploded in his face – the basis of his lawsuit is that Apple sold an “unmerchantable product” because the warranty promised it had no defects.
An Australian iPhone X user sued Apple in 2021 after the device exploded in his pocket and caused second-degree burns to his leg.
Fires and explosions are extremely rare – users should feel comfortable with the iPhone in their hands.
Avoid exposing yourself to unnecessary hazards by handling the device with care.
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