Apparently, the Apple iPhone 4 is just too hot to handle at the moment. Details are sketchy about this particular incident, but the newest iPhone could be hot in more than one way. The ‘Boy Genius Report’ reports that an iPhone 4 “burst into flames” and burned hand.
Interestingly, this is the first reported case of an Apple iPhone 4 catching fire that has been reported since it’s launch. The user had the iPhone connected to their computer using the supplied cable via a USB port. The pictures, however show that the cable and port connection to the iPhone had been damaged and it appears the phone may not be repairable. The article also stated that:
“An Apple Store did confirm to our AT&T connection that this did appear to be a defective USB port and not some sort of user error. Our source went onto say that the phone bezel was extremely hot (obviously), and it slightly burned the customers hand. The USB port in the phone was slightly melted and the cord was badly melted (as is apparent in the pictures). Hopefully this is the only time we see our beloved iPhones meet a fiery death. We’ve got one more picture for you after the break.”
They have photos, helpfully provided by “One of our very close AT&T sources” [translation: a retail store clerk] of the melted USB cable and the scorched 30-pin dock connector at the bottom of the phone. The phone was connected via its USB cable to the owner’s computer.
Interestingly, although BGR says there was a fire, they don’t actually cite anything to back that (or the “bursting” flames assertion) up, not even a quote from the Very Close AT&T Source. According to BGR, according to their AT&T source, Apple says the cause was a defective USB cable.
At any rate, the AT&T store in question was apparently out of iPhones at the time, but otherwise it would have gladly exchanged the unit for a new one. Supposedly the problem was in the USB port on the computer the iPhone was attached to, so this is likely an isolated incident (just like when a Student’s iPod exploded in a busy classroom), not a problem with any standard hardware. But the destruction is pretty amazing — there must have been quite a bit of power flowing off into that USB cable.
But at least, when it starts burning you won’t run the risk of holding it (the iPhone 4) the wrong way [pun not intended]! The hurting doesn’t stop for Mr. Jobs. May be, Apple should consider shipping a mini fire extinguisher with the next iPhone release! When the world gets ready for a world war over this issue, we keep wondering — is this new feature called iFlames?