Apple says isolated reports of iPhone broken screens not caused by battery, but by ‘external force’

“A number of iPhones that reportedly ‘exploded’ in France were not due to the battery overheating as had been suggested, Apple has said,” The BBC News reports.

“The firm said that all of the handsets they had seen with broken screens were caused by an ‘external force,'” The Beeb reports.

“‘To date, there are no confirmed battery overheating incidents for iPhone 3GS and the number of reports we are investigating is in the single digits,’ Apple said in a statement,” ” The Beeb reports. “Apple has sold 26 million iPhones and 200 million iPods to date. ‘The iPhones with broken glass that we have analysed to date show that in all cases the glass cracked due to an external force that was applied to the iPhone,’ [Apple said.”

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  1. It was the battery. My iphone heated up, burned my hand, then I threw it fastball style at the nearest block of ice.

    Battery’s fault entirely. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. See, one person got this idea to try and scam Apple. Then some other assholes jumped on board. People who do things like this should be “drawn and quartered” and “have their entrails cut out and burned”.

    Scumbags have no place in any society….. you know who you are, MAC dorks.

  3. The UK teen and dad should have taken the free replacement iPod and shut their mouth after they probably ran over it with the car. Well, at least they got their 15 minutes of fame.

    The boy stood on the burning deck
    His pocket full of iPods
    One fell down his trouser leg
    And blew off both his…

  4. The only thing I can say with regards to temperature is that I was using a sat nav recently and about halfway along the 90 minutes journey I realised I wasn’t getting any audible notifications. It turns out the device has somehow decided that headphones had been plugged in and was incredibly hot. Not burning, but way hotter than I’ve ever experienced in general usage and far hotter than would feel reasonable when holding the thing. Once it had been turned off and cooled down it worked fine and has done since.

    With the above in mind I would note that Apple have already replaced one iPhone which constantly thought that headphones were plugged in, so I’m wary to say the least. Still love the thing though.

  5. “Those iPhone haters needs to BEND OVER now. It’s time to get spanked for trying to spread FUD on the iPhones.”

    Take your iPhone out of your pocket first – it might crack.

  6. This is my second iPhone, I gve the last to my girl friend as a gift when I brought the new iPhone. I did see overheating of the iPhone if I use the wireless when the iPhone was charging, but never had an incident of any kind, not even the iPhone message saying that I need to wait for my iphone to cool down.

  7. Slightly off topic… I just exchanged an iPhone 3G for erratic behavior, thinking it’s a hardware issue (no, it’s not a teenager). Brought it home, restored my data – worked fine until I used the MobileMe iDisk app. Then the new phone did all the same behaviors, so I deleted the iDisk app. Now phone appears to work normally again.

    HTH someone out there. I’ve reported it to Apple Mobile Me.

  8. I was debating whether or not to report to MDN that in the last 3 weeks, Yahoo! Canada has reported three (yes, 3) times about the ‘exploding’ or ‘overheating’ iPhones. The story comes out about once a week.

    Funny, since Yahoo! was taken over by Microsoft, the FUD level went up dramatically. I wonder if they’ll eat crow for that now, or will they spin it as Apple lying to try and save its butt?


  9. … caused by an “external force”

    Can anyone spell – P H A T . A Z Z . S A T . O N . I T

    Oh Cube, think you just did … ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Now – HolyMackerel, ron, et al


    ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />


  10. Microsoft pans Apple for being “too cool” for ditzy college-age chicks and their moms when they walk into a store all fat, dumb, and happy, all ready to learn about computers and make a decision in 20 minutes.

    Then they have the arrogance of pretending to ignore that “cool” is an important factor for buyers of all-things-Apple.

    Then they compound arrogance with out-right cluelessness regarding how to design products that are truly integrated in an elegant fashion and have amazing attention to detail. You can’t shoe-horn features into a big turd and expect it to succeed because it’s a big turd full of features and is made by a Caterpillar D-9 of a company that has long been accustomed to smashing competitors flat.

    The world has Balmer’s and Gates’ “number” and rejects them for being big, bad-ass ” rel=”nofollow”>Morlocks. rather than enlightened Eloi.

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