iPhone Hoax: Users Trolled Into Microwaving Their iOS 8 Device

David Cornell - Author

Nov. 28 2017, Updated 4:01 a.m. ET

An iPhone hoax has surfaced which could destroy your expensive new device. A feature called Wave was “announced” as part of the latest update to iOS 8, and it’s simply the latest attempt at trolling Apple users.

According to the image released upon unwary smartphone users, Wave would allow you to fully charge your device simply by putting it in the microwave for a minute and a half. It claims that the software uses microwave frequencies to wirelessly give your iPhone 6 more life.

The image appears convincing because it uses what fiction writer Terry Goodkind calls the “Wizard’s First Rule”: People are easily fooled into believing what they want or fear to be true. In this case, it looks too good to be true, and it is.

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Don’t do it, because Wave is a hoax. Putting any electronic device in the microwave is a way to ensure it never works again.

The iPhone hoax appears realistic because it looks like an official Apple advertisement, complete with the copyright symbol at the bottom and the perfect use of fonts.

The text reads as follows.

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“Wave is our latest and greatest addition to iOS8. Wave allows your device to be charged wirelessly through microwave frequencies. Wave can be used to quickly charge your device’s battery using any standard household microwave.

“Wave will become automatically activated when you update to iOS8. You can now wave-charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half. See below for details.

“iOS8 contains new drivers that interface with your device’s radio-baseband allowing it to synchronize with microwave frequencies and use them to recharge your battery.”

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You will notice that the last paragraph contains confusing techno-babble intended to fool you into believing it’s scientifically accurate. At the bottom are even more details indicating suggested times based on your household microwave wattage. It’s all part of a potentially destructive iPhone hoax for customers who really want wireless charging.

Some Twitter trolls have even taken to confirming what the image claims by saying they have done it themselves and that it works.

It doesn’t work. Placing your smartphone in a microwave oven and using the appliance will most likely destroy both. It is even worse than placing aluminum foil in the microwave.


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