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Old 11-29-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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iPhone 4 Explodes Midflight on Australian Airline

This is kind of scary and we should demand a lot more in manufacturing quality from a large company like Apple.

http://news.yahoo.com/iphone-4-explo...224014583.html
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:18 PM   #4
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I seem to remember a thread a while ago that stated the security measures, including about things like phones etc... was a load of unnecessary nonsense.

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I don't remember hearing about this:
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Exploding Apple products are rare, but explosions have happened in the past, mostly related to the devices’ lithium ion batteries overheating.
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This is kind of scary and we should demand a lot more in manufacturing quality from a large company like Apple.

http://news.yahoo.com/iphone-4-explo...224014583.html
Yes because 1 iPhone in a bajillion (estimate) should cause us to demand better manufacturing.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:36 PM   #7
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"we should demand a lot more in manufacturing quality from a large company like Apple. "

Can anyone manufacture something that will never fail? The companies should be expected to do due diligence to create a good product, but they cannot be held responsible for the failure of one unit of thousands. If hundreds blow up then yes but electronics fail from time to time.

This isn't the first battery to have a problem IF IT WAS THE BATTERY THAT FAILED. Laptop batteries cause problems, D cells can go bad and do similar things.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:42 PM   #8
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This isn't the first battery to have a problem IF IT WAS THE BATTERY THAT FAILED. Laptop batteries cause problems, D cells can go bad and do similar things.
Yes, exactly. Sony had an issue with their laptop batteries a couple of years ago, for example; there was a manufacturing fault which resulted in some batteries spontaneously catching fire. Lithium Ion batteries can do very unpleasant things if faulty.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:42 PM   #9
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deleted post because a person actrually posted an example of a Sony battery catching on fire.

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Old 11-29-2011, 12:44 PM   #10
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I've herd of lithium batteries over heating to the point that the device is too uncomfortable to hold but I never herd of devices from other brands actually exploding. Especially from reputable companies like Sony, SamSung, LG etc.
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15254251.../#.TtUZxvKa8qM

That was a recall of 7 million faulty laptop batteries not so long ago.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:58 PM   #11
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I don't want to be overly conversational but the sony laptop batteries catching on fire is a design flaw as occurred to many of them. Hopefully it was just one odd hiccup for that few apple devices and not them using sub quality batteries for some of the iphone 4s being produced. By having these stories available we make sure that companies don't forgot safety should be their number one priority.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:36 PM   #12
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Maybe owner held it wrong way?

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Got mac notebook at work (for Safari's sake) with exploded battery. Torn apart aluminum cases looks scary.

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Li batteries have built-in controller, that is supposed to prevent such situations (hm, I thought it could only happen when charging). Logically faulty controller should be a pretty common problem, yet I've only heared/seen such things only in connection with company that has invented rectangular shape with rounded corner.
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You're looking at it all wrong. The iExlosion is the latest feature of Apple iDevices.
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:14 PM   #14
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We should perhaps treat these reports of "exploding" iPhones with a degree of caution, because we've heard it all before. This, from 2009, concerning "exploding" iPhone 3GS's:

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A number of iPhones that reportedly "exploded" in France were not due to the battery overheating as had been suggested, Apple has said.

The firm said that all of the handsets they had seen with broken screens were caused by an "external force".

Watchdogs had launched investigations after reports of iPhones that had exploded or cracked spontaneously.
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Consumers in the UK, Holland and Sweden had reported similar problems.

"To date, there are no confirmed battery overheating incidents for iPhone 3GS and the number of reports we are investigating is in the single digits," Apple said in a statement.
"The iPhones with broken glass that we have analysed to date show that in all cases the glass cracked due to an external force that was applied to the iPhone."
Full article:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8227028.stm

Of course, that's not to say that the battery isn't the culprit in this latest case, but it may perhaps be as well not to pre-judge the matter.
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