Smartphones have been around for ages, and the iPhone has been one of the top-tier smartphones ever since the first iPhone came out in 2007. But almost nine years after the first iPhone came out, going soon into the iPhone 7, Apple is still answering to a recurring consumer question: "Why does my iPhone suddenly burst into flames?"
Fox 5 Atlanta reported right before the new year came around that another iPhone—an iPhone 6 Plus, this time—burst into flames in an Atlanta neighborhood.
"There were sparks and flames...The whole apartment could have burned down."
"I thought they'd be more concerned, or check to see if I got burned or anything was damaged...I'm kind of nervous about plugging it in and leaving it on the bed or anywhere it could catch fire. It could happen again."
Just barely a month before Grimsley's unfortunate iPhone 6 Plus incident, Cult of Mac already reported a similar iPhone fiasco, where a man's iPhone caught on fire while safely tucked into his pants.
It was on the first week of December 2015 when another guy from Atlanta told local Channel Two Action News that he was forced to strip in public when his iPhone 6 Plus caught on fire on his jeans. Withholding his identity to the press, the guy shares the following.
"I mean, it was pretty humiliating having to take your pants off in a parking lot...When I saw the smoke, I undid my belt, I undid my pants. I pushed it away, turned my head hoping it wouldn't explode. It burned pretty much my whole front pocket, burned my boxers, started to burn my leg, but I had moved it away in time so it wouldn't burn me."
These incidents are not unique to newer Apple products since older iPhones and other iDevices like iPads and iPods have been known to explode or catch fire even when they're stationary or not charging.
Fox News reached out to Apple regarding Grimsley's iPhone 6 Plus fiasco but was advised that the office for media inquiries was closed until Jan. 4.
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