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Apple, French gov't. to meet on iPhone explosions

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Thu August 27, 2009

France talks iPhone woes

A regional commercial director for Apple will meet with France's consumer affairs minister on Friday, Reuters reports. The pair are set to discuss a series of incidents, in which the touchscreens on several iPhones allegedly shattered with no obvious cause. At least two such cases have been confirmed, which in both circumstances injured device owners with flying glass.

The minister, Herve Novelli, is acting in response to consumer affairs/anti-fraud directorate's request for details. Novelli will "stress the responsibility held by companies regarding general security requirements when they sell equipment to consumers," according to the minister's office. Apple has already said it is investigating the explosions, though it has also downplayed them as isolated problems. A number of similar iPod incidents have also occurred, however.




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  1. The Placid Casual

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Big news in france

    Apple generally gets a good press here in France, but this is big news, and was a semi lead on all the big TV channels last night. Watch this space.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    common

    Apple, they gave The US the Statue of Liberty! Give them a decent phone!

    PS: when thinking of France the song from Zappa "Down in France" always pops up in my mind...

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    PS 2

    Send some of those phones to the government in Iran.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Why only in France?

    If this was a flaw, it should statistically appear in other countries and at a higher rate globally. Stop putting your iPhone in your back pocket and sitting on it and you will be fine. I broke a Samsung slider phone's screen when I put it in the same pocket with a heavy bling chain when I got on a plane on a business trip.

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    re: Why only in France?

    Because the French insisted that they wanted unlocked iPhones .... and so here they are. This is what happens when you want your iPhone unlocked; it explodes in your face :-)

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