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After Samsung Galaxy Note 7, now an Apple iPhone 7 explodes - nairrk - 09-30-2016


It’s like the Apple versus Samsung war will go on forever and the two companies will be at loggerheads in every aspect. Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s widely-reported battery explosions have recently been hogging the limelight. Catching up with the ‘fiery’ popularity is Apple’s flagship smartphone of the year, the iPhone 7. Recently, a Reddit user shared a picture of his new iPhone 7 that caught fire.

Reddit user Kroopthesnoop shared a photo of his burnt up matte black iPhone 7, which according to the user, exploded in transit, unlike Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s popular battery issue. The images posted by the user shows the deformed box inside which the iPhone 7 is claimed to have exploded. So basically, when this user received his delivery of the iPhone, he found it in the burnt state. “Something happened between the factory and delivery,” is all the phone’s owner had to say in his thread on Reddit.

Details about the incident are still scarce. There is no comment by Apple on the explosion, and to be fair, for now, this looks like an isolated incident. Up until now, there hasn’t been any other such incident reported about the iPhone 7. Therefore, this cannot yet be seen as a smartphone defect.

It is a matter of concern how we are surrounded by devices that are so easily prone to catching fire and cause some serious damage to human life. Just yesterday it was reported, a certain top-loading washing machine by Samsung exploded in the US. Consequently, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission had to issue a warning to owners against the particular model of the washing machine. According to CNN, the warning was issued after the department pursued incidents filed by consumers in three US states, including claims by a Texas woman that her washer “exploded with such ferocity that it penetrated the interior wall of her garage.” The woman compared the explosion to the sound of a bomb blast.

Then, the recent Samsung smartphone explosions have been like viral fever. It all started with the Galaxy Note 7 explosions, when the company stopped the smartphone’s sales and began a recall in order to replace all 2.5 million of Galaxy Note 7 that it had sold. While everyone hoped that would get the issue under control, a Galaxy Note 7 replacement unit marked ‘safe’ reportedly exploded in China. On top of that, an older Galaxy Note 2 was recently reported to have exploded in an IndiGo aircraft, and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had to summon Samsung for an immediate meeting to discuss the Galaxy Note’s battery issues. DGCA is reportedly banning all Galaxy Note smartphones from being used or charged in flights.

Even in the recent past, there have been a handful of incidents where a smartphone caught fire and caused or came close to causing serious injury to its owner. Just within a span of a few months, there were news about an Apple iPhone 6 exploding in Sydney, causing serious burns to the user, a Xiaomi Mi 5’s battery exploding due to overheating, and another phone catching serious fire resulting in the user being engulfed in fire. There were probably many other such incidents that have gone unreported.

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