updated 12:05 pm EDT, Tue August 25, 2009
New iPhone explosion
A second confirmed iPhone explosion has occurred in France, Agence France-Presse reports. A supermarket security guard, Yassine Bouhadi, says he was typing out a text message on Monday afternoon, when his phone's touchscreen suddenly blew out. A glass shard is then claimed to have hit his eye; while Bouhadi says he is consulting a doctor, his main concern is filing a lawsuit for damage compensation.
"I want an explanation about this damned telephone," says Bouhadi. He is specifically seeking repayment for his iPhone purchase, which was made only three months ago at a cost of €600, or approximately $850 US.
The first French incident occurred earlier this month, when a teenager's eye was similarly injured by flying glass. That case and others has prompted concern from the European Commission, as well as an internal Apple investigation, although the company has so far downplayed any explosions as isolated incidents. They nevertheless echo recurring problems with iPod fires, which have resulted in injuries and/or property damage in some circumstances.