updated 05:30 pm EDT, Fri May 4, 2012
Cause of smoking iPhone on flight revealed in investigation
An iPhone that started smoking on a flight to Sydney last November has been explained. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau conducted the investigation and found that a misplaced screw within the handset had punctured the battery casing. The resulting short circuit caused the battery to overheat and start smoking. According to the ATSB, the screw was misplaced by an unauthorized service center during a screen replacement. Although no one was hurt during the flight from the faulty handset, the chief comissioner of the ATSB, Martin Dolan, warned passengers to carry electronic devices in the cabin and to not store them with checked-in baggage.
Survey: Half of US online shoppers would consider iPad Mini purchase
A recent survey based on the iPad Mini rumor suggests that more than half of potential users would consider buying one this year. A survey by PriceGrabber in late April asked 2,600 US online shoppers if they would think about purchasing a 7-inch iPad Mini if it were to be released this year for $250 to $300, to which 52 percent said they would. Of those answering in the positive, 64 percent stated the lower price-point compared to a full-size iPad as a reason to buy the potential product, with 54 percent acknowledging the portability from the smaller size.
Eighty-four percent of all respondents surveyed hope the iPad Mini would have a reduced price, and half the group said they would consider giving the device as a gift in the holiday season if it is released in advance of that period.