I often encourage Apple to steal certain features from Samsung’s smartphones, like its super-sharp Quad HD displays and wireless charging. One thing I didn’t want it to rip off is the Galaxy Note 7’s tendency to explode.
According to one unlucky Reddit user, whose brand new iPhone 7 is now a charred piece of aluminum and shattered glass, that’s exactly what just happened.
The photo above, posted by Kroopthesnoop with the caption, “at least the package didn’t catch on fire,” shows a matte black iPhone 7 that apparently exploded during transit. “Something happened between the factory and delivery,” the user adds.This is obviously a freak incident (if true), and totally unlike the mass battery fault, which recently forced Samsung to recall every single Galaxy Note 7 it had sold during the first few weeks availability (2.5 million, to be more precise).
Also unlike the Note 7, which typically blew up while it was on charge, this iPhone 7 was apparently still sealed in its box when the explosion took place.
Nevertheless, it’s still a concern, and Apple will likely be looking into it. The company hasn’t commented on it publicly — and it’s unlikely it will since the issue isn’t widespread — but we’re hoping Kroopthesnoop gets a new iPhone 7.