There have been cases reported in the past of Apple’s smartphone unexpectedly burning but this time, a new video posted on YouTube is claimed to have captured it all on camera.
A report from the Finnish publication SK24 reported that the owner of the iPhone and the person depicted in the video below is 17-year-old Henri Helmisen.
In the video, you can see the teenager getting out of a van and starting to walk across an empty asphalt lot.
Suddenly, you see smoke coming from his pants and the boy frantically reaching into his pocket when he notices the smoke coming out.
He then throws what is claimed to be his iPhone to the asphalt, still smoking. You see him then visibly shaken, looking at the phone as it still smokes on the ground.
Another man then approaches the teenager and then inspects the iPhone. The man is said to be his father, Juho Helmisen, and the driver of the van the teenager got out from.
The boy told SK24 that he was lucky that morning as he decided to ride with his father. He said that because he rode with his father to work, he woke up earlier than usual.
If not, he said he would be probably still be sleeping beside his iPhone when it burst into flames.
According to the teenager, his iPhone was working fine earlier in the morning the day it burned to a crisp.
Late last year, there were two reported cases of iPhones burning spontaneously.
Ayla Paulo Mota was reported to have woken up to his iPhone 4 smartphone emitting a lot of sparks and black smoke. This is what he told Brazilian publication blogdoiphone.com then:
“I woke up at dawn just seconds before I saw my iPhone burning. I saw a lot of sparks and black smoke coming out of the smartphone. My room was filled with smoke with an unbearable smell. At that moment, I turned off the power switch in the room and then proceeded to remove the iPhone from the outlet. Soon after, I opened the windows of the room and turned on the fan to remove smoke. The smell stayed until Tuesday morning. I was not hurt although the iPhone was just about 15 inches from my face and at the height of my eyes.”
The iPhone 4 was owned by a passenger on a flight by the Australian airline Regional Express. The flight just touched down in Sydney then when the incident reportedly happened.
In a release from Regional Express, the company said:
“Regional Express (Rex) flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney today had an occurrence after landing, when a passenger’s mobile phone started emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow.
In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the Flight Attendant carried out recovery actions immediately and the red glow was extinguished successfully.
All passengers and crew on board were unharmed.”
The incident was reported to the “Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority “for investigation and directions.”
These incidents of iPhone fires are certainly isolated when put in the context of Apple selling millions upon millions of iPhones every year.
Nonetheless, the possibility that your iPhone can catch fire at any moment – if this video is really of an iPhone bursting into flames – is one scary thought.