updated 11:00 am EDT, Tue August 18, 2009
Exploding iPhone reports
Apple is looking into media stories of one or more exploding iPhones in Europe, according to European Commission spokeswoman Helen Kearns. Reuters notes that in in France, a teenager says he was injured when his iPhone shattered, shortly after it began making a hissing noise. Although Apple has only stated that it is waiting for the damaged phones before making a judgment, it is noted to be in contact with the Commission.
"Apple have come back to us...and what they've said to us is that they consider these are isolated incidents. They don't consider that there's a general problem," says Kearns. "They're trying to get more information on the specific details of those incidents (reported in the media) and they will do tests as necessary to investigate the possible cause."
The iPhone problems echo similar ones reported with iPods, which have in some cases hurt people and damaged property. Apple has at times described the iPod incidents as isolated as well, and actively tried to quiet talk of them. The company fought a TV investigation into American iPod fires, and asked for silence as part of a proposed settlement over an English iPod touch.