APPLE HAS COPIED a key feature of the Galaxy Note 7 by adding an 'explosion' mechanism to the iPhone 7 Plus.
Well, not quite. Reddit user 'kroopthesnoop' posted images overnight of a matte black iPhone 7 Plus that had seemingly caught fire, exploded and ended up in a bit of a mess.
However, unlike Samsung's fiery smartphones, the damage appears to have "happened between the factory and delivery".
This suggests that the explosion was down to the handset being damaged while being transported, and not because the battery is prone to exploding when the device is hooked up to the mains.
It's likely that the damage punctured the battery inside the iPhone, which can often lead to explosions and burning handsets.
Apple hasn't commented publicly and neither has UPS, which transported the handset, but the Reddit user said that Apple will work with AT&T to issue a replacement handset.
Assuming that this is an isolated incident, it's likely to be the last we hear of exploding iPhone 7s. The same can't be said about the Galaxy Note 7, which continues to make headlines as Samsung struggles to convince all owners of the handset to return their device for replacement.
The last we heard, 57 per cent of Note 7 handsets in Europe had been exchanged in the week since the programme launched, while around 60 per cent of devices had been swapped for non-fiery alternatives in the US and Korea.
However, Samsung's replacement devices might not be all that, er, non-fiery. A Chinese customer reported earlier this week that a Note 7 bought this week exploded within 24 hours of arriving, causing minor injuries to two fingers and damaging an Apple MacBook.
Samsung has said it's looking into the incident and will carry out a "full investigation" in due course. µ
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