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Apple Faces Inquiries In the EU On iPhone Accidents 174

Posted by kdawson
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o'reor writes "As more cases of iPhone screen explosions emerge in the news on this side of the pond, Apple is now facing official inquiries and lawsuits in France. This situation has forced Apple finally to break silence and acknowledge the incidents: 'We are aware of these reports and we are waiting to receive the iPhones from the customers. Until we have the full details, we don't have anything further to add.' Following those reports, the European Commission had already decided last week to step in, while Apple tried to dismiss the problem as 'isolated incidents.' Meanwhile, iPhone explosion-related sites are now popping up on the Internet, releasing games such as iPop to chill out and relax on the subject, but also giving users advice on preventing iPhone accidents, or detecting imminent explosions."
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Apple Faces Inquiries In the EU On iPhone Accidents

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  • by Monkeedude1212 (1560403) on Friday August 28, 2009 @01:08PM (#29232883) Journal

    Are the cause I hear. Lots of devices use these kinds of batteries, simply because they are easily rechargable. It's said that if one gets too hot, and is under a certain amount of pressure on the inside, the battery can explode. I didn't RTFA I'm sure its mentioned somewhere in there. Things that use L I batteries have exploded before in the past, it's just become common that everyone owns either an iPod or an iPhone, so when 13 or more stories arise of exploding Apple devices people take notice.

    But, like the summary says, Apple hasn't received the broken equipment yet, so the battery is not the CONFIRMED cause of the explosion.

    Anyone want to take a bet?

  • by alen (225700) on Friday August 28, 2009 @01:11PM (#29232919)

    my 3GS tends to heat up a lot more than my blackberry. when i use the cell phone app i can feel the back getting warm

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 28, 2009 @01:22PM (#29233077)

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5icQWJ2mlc--irCjF-iJMQTGfcIIQ [google.com]

    Apple is claiming that the screens were broken due to an external force according to their initial investigations.

  • by commodore64_love (1445365) on Friday August 28, 2009 @01:30PM (#29233183) Journal

    >>>they are easily rechargable.

    Not true. LiIon batteries are extremely difficult to recharge and are in fact the most-complex battery ever made for home use. But the reason companies put-up with them is because they can hold the same amount of charge as a NiCad or NiMH battery, but in 1/4 or 1/2 the space, respectively. Obviously saving space is important for phones and laptops.

    Now contrast that with hybrid cars which almost-universally use the NiMH battery. Since space is no great concern, but safety is, they use the more-stable battery. NiMH also has the advantage of surviving the ~20 years that cars typically last, and also being environmentally neutral.

  • by Monkeedude1212 (1560403) on Friday August 28, 2009 @01:46PM (#29233421) Journal

    I worked at Laptop shop with in-house technical support.

    Guess what two pieces AREN'T covered for in the Warranty? Battery and power supply. Even the Manufacturers warranty for the battery is shorter than the manufacturers warranty for the laptop. This is simply because they are succeptable to ALOT of failure. Now the great thing about laptop batteries is that they are usually completely encased in plastic, and if one "explodes" - its pretty difficult to tell. These explosions aren't like the ones you see on TV, they're small, probably no bigger than your thumbnail.

    You see how slim the Apple Devices are? That pinhead explosion is enough to break the screen, just because the battery is RIGHT next to the screen.

  • Re:It's a new app... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Pieroxy (222434) on Friday August 28, 2009 @05:57PM (#29236785) Homepage

    There's a funny story about an iPhone that actually flew away from its owner!!!

    http://pieroxy.blogspot.com/2009/08/news-from-missouri-my-iphone-flew-away.html [blogspot.com]

  • My Mac Sucks (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 28, 2009 @11:25PM (#29239345)

    I don't want to start a holy war here, but what is the deal with you Mac fanatics? I've been sitting here at my freelance gig in front of a Mac (a Mac Pro with two 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors and 6GB of RAM) for about 20 minutes now while it attempts to copy a 17 Meg file from one folder on the hard drive to another folder. 20 minutes. At home, on my Pentium Pro 200 running NT 4, which by all standards should be a lot slower than this Mac, the same operation would take about 2 minutes. If that.

    In addition, during this file transfer, Safari will not work. And everything else has ground to a halt. Even Text Edit is straining to keep up as I type this.

    I won't bore you with the laundry list of other problems that I've encountered while working on various Macs, but suffice it to say there have been many, not the least of which is I've never seen a Mac that has run faster than its Wintel counterpart, despite the Macs' faster chip architecture. My 486/66 with 8 megs of ram runs faster than this 2x 2.26Ghz 8-core machine at times. From a productivity standpoint, I don't get how people can claim that the Macintosh is a superior machine.

    Mac addicts, flame me if you'd like, but I'd rather hear some intelligent reasons why anyone would choose to use a Mac over other faster, cheaper, more stable systems.

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