Apple realises Samsung’s nightmare as iPhone 7 catches fire: Report

An Australian man has claimed that his iPhone 7 caught fire while he left it inside his car as he went surfing

By: Tech Desk | Updated: October 22, 2016 9:07 am
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An Australian man found himself with a burnt iPhone 7 and a scorched car interior. A new report suggests that the newest iPhone model caught fire in a similar fashion to the Galaxy Note 7.

According to a BGR report, Mat Jones who is an Australian surfing instructor had left his iPhone 7 (which was a week-old) under a pair of pants in his car as he went out for a surfing lesson. On returning he found that his car windows were completely black, and as he opened the door he saw the inside of his car was on fire.

Talking to a local news station (7 News), Jones told that he had no doubt that the iPhone 7 was the source of the fire. According to him, he found ash falling out as he unwrapped the pants – finding the iPhone 7 ‘just melting inside of it’.

Apple is investigating the incident, but if you look at the photos themselves you cannot conclude that the iPhone 7 was the source of the fire. However, if there is any truth to Mat Jones allegations – Apple needs to take well calculated steps to resolve the problem and manage the situation.

After weeks of trying to handle the PR nightmare of the exploding Galaxy Note 7’s, Samsung pulled the plug on its newest Note device for good earlier this month. After an initial recall of the phones, Samsung had incorrectly concluded that the source of the problem were batteries manufactured from a particular factory. With replacement units (with batteries from a new manufacturer) also started catching fire, Samsung decided cut the programme and its losses.

Read: Apple iPhone 7 Plus camera review: Stunning low-light performance

The Galaxy Note 7 fiasco has had a big impact on Samsung’s brand, and has cost the company billions of dollars in damages. It is important for Apple to do a better job handling the situation if the iPhone 7 indeed was the cause of the fire.

Back in August of 2016, Gareth Clear from Australia was left with burns on his legs after his iPhone 6 exploded in his back pocket after he fell on it from his mountain bike. The fall reportedly pierced the lithium batter of the device, which resulted in the fire.

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    anonymous
    Oct 21, 2016 at 10:59 am
    Bring in Nokia back then.
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      Radhakrishna
      Oct 22, 2016 at 6:31 am
      It's totally Mat's fault. The phone would not have caught fire had he carried it along with him for his surfing lessons as it is water proof. The phone is not meant to be left behind.
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        Kamesh
        Oct 21, 2016 at 8:39 am
        Your last case of Gareth clear is wrong , if his iPhone exploded in aug it cannot b iPhone 7 as iPhone 7 was released in the sep. Somehow this was one of kind explosion and your attaching the Gareth clear case to it is seems to b a mistake and pretty bad for reputed paperlt;br/gt;
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          Ankur Mittal
          Oct 21, 2016 at 7:40 am
          "Back in August of 2016, Gareth Clear from Australia was left with burns on his legs after his iPhone 7 exploded in his back pocket after he fell on it from his mountain bike. The fall reportedly pierced the lithium batter of the device, which resulted in the fire."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Was iPhone 7 launched in August ???
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            Balachandar
            Oct 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm
            It's iPhone 6 that exploded and not iPhone 7 read the article once again
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              Brian B
              Oct 23, 2016 at 4:51 am
              Read the article before running off at the mouth. The article clearly stated it was an iphone 6.
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                Deblina
                Oct 21, 2016 at 1:37 pm
                Did u clearly read d full article dear.. .. iPhone 7 xploded.. in des month in Australia.. nd iPhone 6 which had xploded.. d date was in august 2016 .. kindly read d artical oroperly bfr commntng..
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                  Nanban
                  Oct 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm
                  Read the sentences properly... It says Iphone 6 in the last para... Means it was another instance apart from iphone 7 in the car that caught fire because of the battery piercing... It does not say iphone 7 launched in august... What conclusions people make.
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