Another iPhone 4 self-combusts, this time in Brazil

Yet another model of Apple's iPhone 4 device has been reported as having started to smoke on its own. The Brazil-based web site Blogdoiphone.com has reported that Brazil native Ayla Mota was the victim of his iPhone 4 burning up while it sat next to him.

The story claims that Mota was sleeping next to the iPhone 4 which was sitting on a table recharging itself. He claims that he woke up to find that the iPhone 4 had started smoking and sparking next to him. He reportedly pulled the iPhone 4's charger cord out of the socket. He was unhurt by the smoking smartphone but, as you can see in the phone above, he won't be using his iPhone 4 anymore.

This new report was posted around the same time another iPhone reportedly started smoking while its owner was landing in an Australian-based airplane. As with the Brazil incident, no one was hurt. There is also no real indication that these two events are no more than isolated incidents. So if you happen to own an iPhone 4 there should not be any reason to panic that the phone will start smoking out of the blue. As per usual, Apple has yet to comment about these two incidents.

Image via Blogdoiphone.com

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You didn't see the label on your iPhone 4? Best before 4S.

It's just past it's expiry date is all. Go to the fruit store and pick up a fresh one.

Once someone gets hurt/killed the stakes will increase and more (pun intended) heat will be put on this. Good to hear that no one has been hurt.

Estienne Taylor said,
It must be a new feature only happens on a iPhone. I wonder which 3rd party manfucture will Apple blame for this incident.

Considering Apple doesn't actually make hardware, they just make contracts with 3rd parties that make all of their hardware, does it actually matter? If it is a hardware issue and not a software issue, it is a 3rd parties fault.

To many variables to blame the phone since he said it was plugged in and charging.

Could be a 3rd party cable.
Could be ****ty wall power.

never happens with android phones...

The next suicide bomber to strike will have iphone's strapped to his chest, instead of explosives.

SirEvan said,
never happens with android phones...

The next suicide bomber to strike will have iphone's strapped to his chest, instead of explosives.

Hmm, you got a point there. Seems as if the iPhone 4 could be used as a WMD. We should invade Apple and ban all i4's from airplanes.

Apple is a terrorist organisation. First they terrorize other company's with patents and now secret explosive devices??

tmaxxtigger said,

How could it, Android don't make phones, Apple does.

Do you say the same to Windows PC's?

~D~ said,

Hmm, you got a point there. Seems as if the iPhone 4 could be used as a WMD. We should invade Apple and ban all i4's from airplanes.

Let's ban all of Apple iProducts from being exported due to terriost threats.
Apple is a terrorist organisation. First they terrorize other company's with patents and now secret explosive devices??

Jobs know that the only way that iUsers try Windows Phone, Android or BlackBerry is the iPhone self-destruct.


Pepeda said,
Jobs know that the only way that iUsers try Windows Phone, Android or BlackBerry is the iPhone self-destruct.

+1

Too bad he's not here to see it.


ryoohki said,
It can happen with any LI-XX type batteries..Laptops, Phones, Tablets etc..

Li-XX type batteries are SUPPOSE to charge to 100%. If left on after that, they are suppose to go into a cycle that used up to 5% of the charge so the battery doesn't try to charge above 100%. Maybe that mechanism went wrong? I know the LiPo's I charge for my RC stuff will smoke and start to burn if left charging past 100%.

Exactly. This really can (and most likely has) happened with just about every smartphone on the market. Its a product of mass production. Even a failure rate of 0.001% will mean 10 fires out of 1,000,000 units....

Major cases tend to result in settlements and do-not-disclose agreements that we never hear about.

"You're charging it wrong.

But in order to compensate everyone for any issues they may experience, we will be providing free smoke detectors to everyone who has an iPhone, free of charge."

greenwizard88 said,
"You're charging it wrong.

But in order to compensate everyone for any issues they may experience, we will be providing free smoke detectors to everyone who has an iPhone, free of charge."

Or maybe you are not holding a iPhone anymore but a iFirecracker.

greenwizard88 said,
"You're charging it wrong.

But in order to compensate everyone for any issues they may experience, we will be providing free smoke detectors to everyone who has an iPhone, for a small fee (49.99).

Fixed

Edited by Slayer, Dec 1 2011, 10:10pm :

Oh nice... wonder what happened. I work in failure analysis. Wish I could get in on this one. Wouldn't mind Apple sending me 100 or so exemplar iPhone 4's to try and recreate it.

Nerd Rage said,
They are using it wrong obviously. Too bad Steve isn't around because I'm sure he would make that comment.

haha true....

Neobond said,
Getting a bit nervous now

so two units, out of millions sold have a malfunction and that constitutes a trend to be nervous? I would say quite the opposite most likely the process of manufacturing of any device is not perfect, flaws will emerge once in a while and there is no reason to be nervous about it; that goes not for a brand but for the entire electronic industry.

Meconio said,

so two units, out of millions sold have a malfunction and that constitutes a trend to be nervous? I would say quite the opposite most likely the process of manufacturing of any device is not perfect, flaws will emerge once in a while and there is no reason to be nervous about it; that goes not for a brand but for the entire electronic industry.

This is a pretty major flaw, i don't care how many have done this, it shouldn't happen AT ALL, i can understand some units maybe a little defective in performance perhaps, but exploding risks injury, not matter how small the number of phones that have actually exploded.

Keep in mind, only 2 have been reported(that i've seen) there could be many others.

I do agree this should not happen at all, but I don't think that this kind of event is something people would avoid to report or to take into account, I mean regarding your statement that there could be more.

But you are not putting things into perspective that's a change of 1 in 30 millions and if happens to you I bet one can squeeze some bucks out of it, specially in USA with a lawsuit, cause trust me they don't put C4 inside so the risk of getting seriouly injured are fairly low.