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JJ_    127
A woman says the battery in her iPhone suddenly overheated this week, oozing a dark liquid and destroying the phone. Apple, however, is refusing to replace the phone, according to its owner, Shibani Bhujle, a marketing manager in New York.

It?s not the first report of iPhone batteries overheating, though the incidents appear to be rare and have also affected other cellphones. In 2011, an iPhone 4 turned red hot and began emitting dense smoke in the cabin of a commercial flight in Australia; no one was injured. Last year, Samsung said it would investigate a report of its Galaxy S III bursting into flames in Ireland. And also last year, a Motorola Droid Bionic was said to have caught fire in its owner?s pants.

In Bhujle?s case, her iPhone 4S was sitting on her coffee table on Monday, Jan. 28, when the phone?s display unexpectedly turned on and then off. ?Within a minute, there was a very strong smell?it smelled like something was burning,? she told Quartz in an interview today. ?I picked up my phone and it was very, very hot. It wouldn?t turn on. In the following minute. I couldn?t hold it because it was too hot to touch. I was panicking. I expected it to explode or something.?

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IMO I think it's a coincidence it started 'oozing a dark liquid' on a coffee table, where the 'liquid' just so happens to look like coffee.

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Gerowen    1,090

Didn't it turn out that the Galaxy S3 had been microwaved or something?

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Rippleman    2,580

this is like the Toyota acceleration issue, sometimes people want a lawsuit so they set up a accident fraudulent to possibly get money. While there is a few real cases, there are tons of lawsuit copycats.

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Glen    48

This usually occurs because of an internal short in a lithium based battery. Thankfully, the battery industry is improving the chemistry and instances like this are currently rare and hopefully will be a thing of the past in the near future.

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The Teej    203

To be fair, if it was as bad as the article claims, the whole backside of the iPhone would be melted off along with the back of the battery... a simple coffee spill wouldn't cause that to an iPhone. In either case, we don't have pictures, so we'll never know.

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JJ_    127

Didn't it turn out that the Galaxy S3 had been microwaved or something?

It was checked over by Samsung who found water damage and the guy ended up admitting he thought it would dry it out a lot quicker in the microwave instead of letting nature take its course.

In this case it looks like self inflicted damaged. That shattered glass looks like the phone was dropped from height.

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Nothing Here    450

Does this look like a woman who would lie:

shibani-bhujle.jpg

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Breach    48

Well, it's out of warranty so tough luck with getting a new one. She can settle or sue for damages if there was medically certified bodily harm done.

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hooko22    21

Read on @ source

IMO I think it's a coincidence it started 'oozing a dark liquid' on a coffee table, where the 'liquid' just so happens to look like coffee.

I say this must be false.

Like everyone knows all apple devices never ever break down, cannot get viruses and never ever crash!

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Mr Winkle    1

I think Apple should patent the idea, a phone with built in portable heater is really useful. How innovative.

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Garry    84

I say this must be false.

Like everyone knows all apple devices never ever break down, cannot get viruses and never ever crash!

The only people who perpetuate this myth are people like you, arguing against an assertion that hasn't been made in a very, very long time.

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Rippleman    2,580

I say this must be false.

Like everyone knows all apple devices never ever break down, cannot get viruses and never ever crash!

ya, move on...

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Arachno 1D    7,991

This usually occurs because of an internal short in a lithium based battery. Thankfully, the battery industry is improving the chemistry and instances like this are currently rare and hopefully will be a thing of the past in the near future.

Unless your flying in a Boeing :woot: :omg:

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Mr.XXIV    250

Does this look like a woman who would lie:

shibani-bhujle.jpg

Yes.

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Javik    3,948

A lot of "femme fatales" are pretty good looking :p

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Growled    3,880

I'm not sure I believe all of that. Or any of it.

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Hum    6,928

You can't leave the phone on vibrate too long down there ...

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techbeck    4,806

To be fair, if it was as bad as the article claims, the whole backside of the iPhone would be melted off along with the back of the battery... a simple coffee spill wouldn't cause that to an iPhone. In either case, we don't have pictures, so we'll never know.

The back of the phone is glass.....

Shall see what Apple says if/when this is investigated.

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game_over    709

This usually occurs because of an internal short in a lithium based battery. Thankfully, the battery industry is improving the chemistry and instances like this are currently rare and hopefully will be a thing of the past in the near future.

Stop being rational, this is Apple's fault.

Does this look like a woman who would lie:

shibani-bhujle.jpg

I think most blokes would believe anything she says.

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paulbeattie87    6

The story also references the iPhone that caught fire on the plane, wasn't that caused by the owner getting it repaired by a non Apple certified technician who managed to get a screw lodged in the battery causing the reaction?

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The Teej    203

The back of the phone is glass.....

Shall see what Apple says if/when this is investigated.

Heh, good point, I had forgotten about that ^^;

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LaP    1,679

This usually occurs because of an internal short in a lithium based battery. Thankfully, the battery industry is improving the chemistry and instances like this are currently rare and hopefully will be a thing of the past in the near future.

This. Battery malfunction does happen and this is likely what happened here. If it is under warranty it will be replaced. If she was harmed she can sue.

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Dan~    218

Same happened to me, though I had mine in my arse cheek and was twisting my nipple at the same time, hmmm

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Davo    146

Don't doubt that it melted. Also don't doubt that it's possible that it just happened but leaning heavily towards her phone being broken and this being an end result.

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