“The hold on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shipments because of quality issues that began on Wednesday may escalate to a wider consumer recall for the device, according to reports out of South Korea,” Mike Wuerthele reports for AppleInsider. “According to the Korea Herald, stories of bursting batteries have escalated in recent days. As a result, Samsung is said to be considering a wide-scale battery replacement program for the phone.”

“While Samsung produces the phone’s individual lithium-ion battery cells, the complete battery assembly is manufactured by others. The flaw appears to be related to manufacturer ITM Semiconductor, the producer of nearly all of the Galaxy Note 7 batteries for the South Korean market,” Wuerthele reports. “AppleInsider has learned that some of the models shipped to the U.S. have the potentially problematic ITM Semiconductor battery installed — the same model as found in all of the bursting phones in Korea.”

Wuerthele reports, “Wednesday’s shipment delay came in response to a flurry of posts on Korean social media showing destroyed phones.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Aw, gee, that’s too bad.

If it’s not an iPhone, it’s an incendiary device for your pocket cobbled together by a South Korean dishwasher maker.

Thermonuclear

Thermonuclear.

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