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iPhone owner considers legal action after alleged explosion


iPhone XS Max explodes
This isn’t what your iPhone XS Max should look like after 3 weeks.
Photo: J. Hillard/iDrop News

An Ohio man is contemplating legal action against Apple after his 3-week-old iPhone XS Max allegedly exploded in his pocket.

J. Hillard reports that his iPhone XS Max started emitting a strange smell before he felt a “large amount of heat” in his pocket. He eventually got a new device from Apple — as well as burns on his buttocks.

iPhone X goes up in smoke during iOS 12.1 upgrade


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A look at the iPhone after the incident.
Photo: Rahel Mohamad/Twitter

A Twitter user has complained to Apple after their iPhone X reportedly exploded while updating to iOS 12.1. According to Rahel Mohamad, the ten-month old iPhone X became excessively hot to touch. When it was dropped by its user it began emitting smoke, before exploding.

It was being charged at the time with what Mohamad claims was the official Apple Lightning cable that came bundled with the phone. However, the explosion happened after the iPhone was unplugged from the charger.

Damaged iPhone appears to explode on video


iPhone explosion caught on security video
Before-and-after of an iPhone explosion in front of a security camera.
Screencap: ABC News

An iPhone reportedly exploded and briefly caught fire in front of a security camera. 

The device was an iPhone 6 that was in the shop for repair. Its battery had supposedly begun to expand, cracking the display.

Apple investigates AirPods explosion


AirPod explodes
What happened to this poor AirPod?
Photo: WFLA

Apple is investigating how an AirPod exploded and very nearly injured its owner. A Tampa, Florida man was listening to music at the gym when he noticed smoke billowing out of his ear. Fortunately for him, he took the AirPod out before it ended up in tiny pieces.

Apple blames third-party battery for exploding headphones


Apple doesn't say which batteries should be used with its devices.
Apple doesn't say which batteries should be used with its devices.
Photo: ATSB

Apple has blamed a third-party battery for the explosion of a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.

Apple does not specify which batteries should be used with its devices, and the owner, who was wearing the headphones when they blew up on a flight between Australia and China, is “disappointed” with the company’s response.

iPhone 7 survives explosive encounter with 25 pounds of gunpowder


Can the iPhone 7 survive 25 pounds of pure black powder?
Can the iPhone 7 survive 25 pounds of pure black powder?
Photo: TechRax

Apple has flaunted the iPhone 7’s new waterproof powers in plenty of ads, but did you know it’s also (kinda) fireproof?

To see just how much damage the new (RED) iPhone 7 can take, one insidious YouTuber placed the new device in a bucket filled with 25 pounds of gunpowder. The giant gunpowder explosion is truly impressive, but your mind will be blown by the condition of the iPhone once the smoke clears.

Enjoy the carnage:

Samsung update will brick remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices


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The Note 7 is all washed up.
Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Galaxy Note 7 owners who refuse to give up their explosive device will soon have no choice but to use a different phone.

Samsung revealed today that it plans to release a software update later this month that will brick all Galaxy Note 7 units not returned during its recall.

Boomgate? Let’s hope Apple didn’t copy Samsung’s hottest feature


Is any smartphone safe anymore?
Photo: Kroopthesnoop/Reddit

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.

Samsung stops shipping Galaxy Note 7 after phones explode


Apple should steal a lot of the Note 7's features, except the exploding one.
Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have barely made it into the wild, but early reports of the devices exploding in customers’ homes may have caused the company to delay shipments.

In a statement to news outlets today, Samsung said it delayed shipments to do product-quality tests, however, local reports from South Korea reveal the company may be investigating whether the device is prone to spontaneously burst into flames.