THE EU has indicated that it is prepared to take 3G Iphones away from Apple fanboys if they are found to be too dangerous.
The European press has not been so hands off about Apple's woes as the American IT press and has actually been reporting stories of how the things have a nasty habit of cracking or exploding.
Attitudes to Apple are frosty at the EU Commission where the outfit is not that much loved because of its cavalier attitudes to European consumer law.
Apple insisted that its Ipods should be made an exception to electronics rules because it did not see why they should be required to work after two years.
The attitude of the US trade press seems to be that any recall would be an example of the European socialist nanny state in action. After all, what are a few French people catching fire, just look at how well Apple is doing, it is going to put out a tablet soon.
But serving up exploding Iphones seems to be seen as Apple pushing things in the EU. There have been a couple of dozen complaints, which Jobs' Mob claims is tiny in comparison with the numbers of Iphones it sold. After all what are a few people catching fire and a couple of dozen gadgets exploding when you sell a million of the things?
However the European Union's consumer czar warned that Iphones would be taken off the market if national authorities find manufacturing faults lie behind the rash of mysterious explosions. Apparently France is very keen to do this.
Meglena Kuneva pointed out that she did not need Steve Jobs' permission to stop the Iphones from entering the EU. "If goods are dangerous, then we will order a recall," she said. Apparently this comment surprised the US trade press, which always writes nice things about Apple.
Kuneva has received complaints from Britain, France and Germany, with one involving a girl who caught fire when her phone blew up in front of her.
Problems have also been reported by media outlets in Belgium and the United States. Apple has responded to the situation by asking people who suffer from faulty Iphones to sign gagging orders.
Interestingly, Kuneva said that Apple mentioned in its submission that isolated cases of overheating lithium-ion batteries had been reported. Before that Apple's official line was that users must have been dropping the gadgets or otherwise mistreating them.
The EU is subjecting Iphones to some testing of its own. It wants to see if there are problems with the batteries or if the problems most likely have been caused by misuse of the devices.
It only takes one member state to decide that the Iphone is dangerous for the EU to act in the interests of the consumer and order a recall.
It did this in the case of Italian Senseo coffee machines that burnt the hands of consumers.
If there is a recall then Apple's European fanboys will have to hand their perfect little devices back until Jobs Mob can make them so perfect that they don't explode or crack.
That should wipe the smug smiles off their faces.
It will mean that every time Apple fanboys try to convert Linux or Windows users to the wonders of Apple's proprietary gear, they can just smile and point out that Windows and Linux have never actually exploded, caused someone to catch fire or been subject to a total recall. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score