iPhone batteries explode in Apple stores


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Normally, it’s a good thing when your phone is “blowing up”. Just not literally. Two separate incidents of iPhone batteries apparently exploding this week led to store evacuations in Europe.

On January 9, about 50 customers and staff were evacuated from a Swiss Apple store in Zurich, and seven received medical attention, after an iPhone battery overheated and exploded, igniting a small fire inside the store (Newsweek).

On January 10 in Valencia, Spain, an iPhone battery overheated while being repaired and filled Apple’s Calle Colón Store with smoke, according to local media outlet Las Provincias. The store was evacuated. No injuries were reported.

Newsweek reported an incident earlier in the week involving an iPhone 7 overheating in Orlando, Florida, and apparently causing burns to a teenager’s stomach.

No explanation for this week’s battery malfunctions has yet come from Apple but it has tried to address a series of problems last year(Guardian) However, it has not suffered the scale of problems its South Korean rival Samsung endured with its Galaxy Note 7, which was ultimately recalled after a series of fires led to it being banned on aircraft (Associated Press in The Telegraph).

This week’s Apple incidents follow reports in October of iPhone 8 Plus batteries splitting along their seams and swelling out of their cases — though not catching fire — in China and at least four other countries (TechCrunch).

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