The first iPhone blew dense smoke onboard an Australian flight this week, then another cell phone explodes in Brazil. The recent problem raises further questions over safety of batteries inside the mobile device. Some experts even suggest that the fault could be due to counterfeit products.
Reports from Brazil say that the iPhone 4 was plugged in to charge overnight when it began to emit smoke and sparks as its owner slept nearby.
This is the second high-profile explosion of an iPhone in a week, in the first incident the handheld device spontaneously combusted during landing on a flight in Australia two days ago.
Tech and mobile website Mashable, which reported the incident, said: “Looks like Australia isn’t the only country to have seen an incident of a combustible iPhone 4 over the past week.”
In the first incident, an Apple iPhone began “emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow,” said Australia’s Regional Express airline.
The fire was put out by a flight attendant and the device, thought to be an iPhone 4, given to air trafficsafety investigators for checks. No passengers or crew were harmed.
A picture released by the airline, Australia’s largest independent regional carrier, shows the rear casing shattered in parts and scorched in others.
Apple Australia says it is “looking forward to working with officials.”
The cause has yet to be identified but experts say that it may be due to the phone’s battery overheating orto the device being a counterfeit model.
Earlier this month, Apple recalled first generation iPod Nano MP3 players over concerns about defective batteries overheating. However, these devices were made in 2005 and 2006 and so are much older than the exploding iPhone mobile devices.