As many consumers are now aware, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was just recalled for safety reasons. The Galaxy 7 line had a number of phones ignite, leading to a ban from US airlines and investigations to the cause of the problem. Now it seems that attention has turned to the iPhone 7 following reports of one having a similar issue in Australia.
Mat Jones, a surfing instructor in New South Wales, Australia, has claimed that his iPhone 7 exploded inside his vehicle. The story goes that he returned from a surfing trip to find his car burning, caused by his iPhone. Mr. Jones said that he left the phone wrapped in a pair of pants inside his car, which were still on fire when he got to the car.
"Mat Jones of Australia claims that his iPhone 7 exploded."
The iPhone 7s include lithium-ion batteries, which can explode under certain conditions. If the phone were left wrapped in a pair of pants inside a car with the windows closed, it could become a very hot environment. It is fairly likely that the iPhone simply overheated, but because the surfer was away from the car at the start of the fire, the cause isn’t certain. (Maybe it’s the pants’ fault?)
So far, it looks like Apple does not know what caused the problem. This seems to be an isolated case right now, and looks to be only the second report of a fire caused by an iPhone 7. Due to the recent issues with Samsung phones, consumers are paying more attention to problems in the mobile market.
“Due to the recent issues with Samsung phones, consumers are paying more attention to problems in the mobile market.”
The incident is unlikely to affect Apple as long as it does not become widespread. Apple will probably investigate the issue thoroughly before announcing whether the phone was the cause. Right now, the iPhone 7 is set to compete with Google's new Pixel phones. With Samsung’s presence slipping, and with Apple, Google and LG competing for market share, Apple has to address these incidents somehow.