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Two Apple Iphones, one Samsung Galaxy S II explode

Updated Attacks of the smartphones
Fri Dec 02 2011, 12:38

TWO IPHONES have exploded in under a week, raising significant concerns over the safety of the Apple devices.

The first Iphone went up in flames during a flight in Australia last Friday, while the second Iphone exploded as its owner slept in Brazil, according to The Sun. Both were Iphone 4 devices, suggesting that there could be a fault with Apple's previous flagship model.

Luckily in both cases no one was injured, though the situations could have been disastrous, with potential fires on a plane and in a house.

Another phone user had an even closer call when he felt a burning sensation against his leg, smelled smoke, and then saw smoke emitting from his pocket. He quickly took it out before it could cause any unpleasant damage, according to a friend of the individual on the XDA-Developers forum.

However, this phone was not an Iphone but the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, a competitor to the Apple device, suggesting that the problem is not limited to Iphones alone. The Galaxy S II owner apparently had owned it for only two weeks.

Samsung will be relatively in the clear at the moment, with just one incident tallied, but Apple likely will be keeping a close eye on the problem, particularly since it has begun replacing faulty Ipod Nano batteries earlier this month.

We have contacted both Apple and Samsung for comment on these incidents and are awaiting responses.

Samsung has replied to our inquiry and said, "Samsung takes the safety of our products very seriously. We are aware of the images posted online and will investigate further to determine the cause of this incident." µ


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