No, Apple’s iPhone 7’s not having the same issue as Samsung’s exploding, fire-causing phones

“An Australian surfing instructor has told 7 News that an iPhone 7 left in a car caught fire, destroying the vehicle,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5 Mac. “It hasn’t yet been confirmed that the phone was the cause of the fire: Apple says that it is aware of the incident and is investigating.”

“The overall failure rate of lithium batteries is around 1 in 10 million,” Lovejoy explains. “When you have a billion active iOS devices, you’d expect around 100 of them to catch fire, so a handful of isolated cases is not evidence of any issue specific to the iPhone.”

Lovejoy explains, “Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, in contrast, notched-up 94 known fires in the space of just a few weeks with only 4-5M devices out there.””

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: There’s a massive difference between normal lithium battery failure rate and Samsung’s horrific design fiasco and recall debacle.

In our experience, anecdotally, most issues with iPhone and iPad batteries over the years are the result of using cheap, uncertified chargers and cables or dicey, unauthorized repair services or DIY kits.

Cause of smoking iPhone on REX airplane: Unauthorized repair outfit’s botched screen-replacement – May 4, 2012

More than 1 million fools are still using Samsung’s potentially explosive Note 7 – October 21, 2016

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Ah, yes. I was wondering where the Samsung Propaganda division would rear its ugly head. As opposed to the previous anti-Apple FUD campaigns, this one isn’t going to work. Fire-gate is all yours Samsung. You earned it. Enjoy the ride.

    1. We’ve had a serious problem with plural ever since Apple came out with iPhone 4s. Most often, that S is typed in lower case (iPhone 5s, 6s…), which then creates plenty of confusion between the plural of iPhone 4, 5, 6, or singular 4S, 5S, 6S.

      Poorly literate people frequently insert the apostrophe when they write plural; this ironically clears up a bit of that confusion, but makes it poor grammar. The proper forms should, to the best of my own knowledge of English (I’m a foreigner) be:

      One iPhone 6S; five iPhone 6Ss
      One iPhone 7; five iPhone 6s

    2. And to pile onto that confusion, let us not forget Phil Schiller’s ill-conceived advice about plural for Mac Book Pro and Mac Pro (MacBooks Pro, Macs Pro); as if they are of latin origin (such as secretary-general -> secretaries-general). Based on that reasoning, you would probably have say “five iPhones sevens ess”…

      So, to clarify a bit further; singular: 1 iPhone 7S (one iPhone seven-ess); plural: five iPhone 7Ss (five iPhone seven esses).

      1. A long time ago, Sony were asked what the plural of Walkman was (Walkmen, walkmans) they cleverly replied “Sony Walkman personal stereos”

        I think it sounds best to follow along and say “5 iPhone 7s mobile devices”

    3. The cavilier use drives me mad. I often read articles saying things like; “67% of American’s will update to the…” Terrible journalism.

      I make mistakes, but I have never been paid to write. Although to be clear you are wrong – there are cases where you would use the apostrophy when using a date, such as; a hair-style that belonged to the 60’s. 😉

      1. Your 60’s hairstyle example is not plural, but possessive,which makes the apostrophe required. But that would be for only the year 1960. Otherwise, you are looking for the plural possessive – 60s’.

        His example could be correct, if it is referring to the ten years that make up the 60s. Without context, it is hard to judge.

        (Okay, grammar Nazis – pick mine apart now, too!)

        1. Well, in the sentence he wrote (“a hair-style that belonged to the 60’s”), he put apostrophe where the form was plural. Had he written “the 60’s hair-style”, your argument would stand (the sentence would have said that it was a hair-style that belonged to the year 1960).

          If we were to be hell-bent on sticking that apostrophe there, and still say what he wanted to say, we would need to put it thus: “the 60s’ hair-style”.

          And to summarise, you correctly argue that no, there are NO cases where the plural would use apostrophe; not in dates (1960s, 90s, Mondays, Februaries, etc), not in abbreviations (TVs, DVDs, CDs…), not ever. Apostrophe is only ever used in possessive form (President’s speech, Boys’ locker room, Jobs’s RDF…), with the exception of “its” (Social network and its influence on youth), as well as contractions (We are -> we’re, she will -> she’ll, it is -> it’s…).

          Thank you.

        2. My example was both plural and possessive – otherwise I would have written; a haircut that belonged to 1960.

          And you would never write 60s’. I know it’s tempting to do that as it’s plural, but as another example; It is the group’s opinion…

          I have a feeling that you would be tempted to write; It is the groups’ opinion because it refers to more than one person – however, it’s is only ONE group and is not plural of group.

          The 60’s in the possessive form belongs to one decade (in this context). I don’t want to have a punctuation argument on a Mac site! It’s just my understanding.

  2. It’s only mid Spring in Australia so for many areas not that hot by normal Australian or US standards for Summer.

    But I did note that they failed to identify the iPhone model, whether the phone had been repaired in the past by a back yard repairer or yes he was using a 0.99 special charger.

    Probably just another minimum pay stringer paid by the story.

    1. The article I read quoted the owner as stating it was an iPhone 7, less than a week old, had never been dropped and was only charged with official accessories. Although, given all the counterfeit Apple accessories that were being sold on Amazon, one must wonder if the guy really had an official accessory in use.

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