Exploding iPhone 5 injures woman’s eye
Handset heats up during call in third such incident in a month
Apple Inc moved to investigate the latest incident in China involving injury blamed one of its iPhone handsets, CNET reported.
A Chinese woman identified as Li reported her year-old iPhone 5 heated up and exploded, scratching her cornea. The incident occurred after a 40-minute phone conversation, when Li felt the device heating up against her cheek. She said that efforts to end the call were unsuccessful as the touchscreen stopped responding. The device then exploded, scattering the glass fragments that caused her injury. Li required hospital treatment.
While the investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, past reports of similar occurrences involving Apple and Samsung devices in mainland China and Hong Kong, have alleged that non-standard battery chargers were responsible for freak accidents, Li admitted she dropped the phone previously and dented the corner nearest the explosion.
In July, in China, a woman died from an apparent electric shock while answering her still-charging iPhone 5, and within a week a man in Beijing lapsed into a coma in identical circumstances involving his iPhone 4. Later in the month a Hong Kong resident's home was obliterated by a fire when his Samsung Galaxy S4 exploded and set his sofa on fire.
Following Li's mishap, Apple's after-sales team told the Da Lian Evening News that the company would investigate the incident, but CNET reported that Apple had made o further comment as of yesterday.