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iPhone 4 Cable Catches Fire, Burns Owner's Hand

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Apple recently announced that the iPhone 4 is its hottest iPhone to date, selling faster than any other iteration of the phone. However, one AT&T customer recently discovered just how hot the phone really is when he burnt his hand on the bezel.

Boy Genius Report cites an AT&T insider who provided the following images along with a story of a user whose iPhone 4 caught fire. The incident appears to be either a problem with the USB port the device was plugged into, or the iPhone 4's dock connector port (an Apple Store confirmed that it was a result of "a defective USB port and not some sort of user error"). Judging from how melted the iPhone-end of the cable is, it looks as though the port on the phone was the problem.

The AT&T source told BGR that the phone's bezel became hot enough to burn the user's hand when he picked it up.

The report brings back memories of exploding iPhone and iPod incidents from last summer. One teenager in France was injured after his girlfriend's iPhone shattered and a piece of the device hit him in the face. The boy was using his girlfriend's phone when it began making a hissing noise and the screen suddenly broke, sending pieces flying in the air.

A second incident involved a 26-year-old security guard at a supermarket in Villevieille, near Nîmes, France. Yassine Bouhadi claimed his iPhone made a noise like a mirror shattering while he was texting his girlfriend. Bouhadi said a little piece of the screen hit him in the eye and he had to remove it with a tweezers.

At the time Apple said the exploding iPhones were not due to overheating but external force applied to the devices.

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    michaeljr , July 9, 2010 10:10 PM
    guess he was holding it wrong..
  • 30 Hide
    shovenose , July 9, 2010 10:08 PM
    -1 apple :) 
  • 24 Hide
    lashton , July 9, 2010 10:12 PM
    and people still by this shit, the nexus doesn't hurt people
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  • 30 Hide
    shovenose , July 9, 2010 10:08 PM
    -1 apple :) 
  • 70 Hide
    michaeljr , July 9, 2010 10:10 PM
    guess he was holding it wrong..
  • 4 Hide
    ern88 , July 9, 2010 10:11 PM
    Have to wait and see on this one. I know I won't get one of these phones till the bugs are found and fixed in future updates.
  • 24 Hide
    lashton , July 9, 2010 10:12 PM
    and people still by this shit, the nexus doesn't hurt people
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    m-manla , July 9, 2010 10:13 PM
    Not going good for Apple.
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    pharge , July 9, 2010 10:17 PM
    At this moment it is still too early to say whos fault is (though We'd preferre to put the blam on Apple no matter what..:p  )
    It is good that the phone did not actually explor. Otherwise.. the shatter glass can be very scary (specially for the people who like to leave the phone in their front pant parket..:p 

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    Anonymous , July 9, 2010 10:18 PM
    Yeah, must be total user error. Apple has never had any issues with any of there products. Stupid consumers, not knowing how to not burn themselves!
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    IFLATLINEI , July 9, 2010 10:24 PM
    Im just starting to feel sorry for Apple owners at this point. Recpetion issues, the lack of Flash ( It matters to some), and now this. Hopefully this is an isolated issue because as much as people who purchase this crap disgust me I dont want to see anyone get hurt from their choice in devices.
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    proxy711 , July 9, 2010 10:26 PM
    IFLATLINEIIm just starting to feel sorry for Apple owners at this point. Recpetion issues, the lack of Flash ( It matters to some), and now this. Hopefully this is an isolated issue because as much as people who purchase this crap disgust me I dont want to see anyone get hurt from their choice in devices.

    Don't feel sorry for them, the fact is they brought this upon themselves by being mindless apple zombie fanbois.
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    maloy4life , July 9, 2010 10:27 PM
    another fail for apple...hope these zombies wake up from there apple spell
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    kansur0 , July 9, 2010 10:39 PM
    From the looks of it the antenna which is directly connected to the inner electronics of the device came in contact with the plug. If the power cable was inserted into the port of the iPhone4 and then bent up towards the antenna would that not make some sort of contact and electrical loop? I think the device may have been leaning on the plug and it just bent enough to make contact and grounded. My call is they make the port a bit bigger with a plastic socket on the inside insulating the antenna from contact.
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    proletarian , July 9, 2010 11:07 PM
    basic electrical insulation, what a novel idea!
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    Anonymous , July 9, 2010 11:27 PM
    Just put more heat sink around the cable. Lucky my old iPhone 3G with OS4 is working just fine.
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    hunter315 , July 9, 2010 11:33 PM
    hopefully the iphone 5 comes with an antenna attachment and a free fire extinguisher in its box.
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    rockola , July 9, 2010 11:35 PM
    This kind of thing has plagued Apple for decades. Back in the mid 80s when I was a retail service tech I replaced a LOT of Mac analog boards - the vertically mounted board that held the power supply and CRT electronics. Several actually flamed out, requiring replacement of the entire machine.
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    SpartanStang14 , July 9, 2010 11:38 PM
    just don't hold it that way
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    Pei-chen , July 9, 2010 11:42 PM
    Isn't BGR the same people that posted the fake Steve Jobs emails?
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    zoemayne , July 10, 2010 12:29 AM
    Well if this happens for only 1 out of 1.X million than its probably not an issue this device is being used by over a million people. I dont like apple but this is probably a non issue its probably not the phones fault ultimately they probably wont find out why this happened.
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    Gin Fushicho , July 10, 2010 12:32 AM
    "Don't plug it in that way, you bought the wrong cable."
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    atomyc , July 10, 2010 12:35 AM
    it probably didn't except any other cable other than apple brand.
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