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