Until the recent series of incidents involving explosions of a number of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, Lithium-ion batteries were considered more or less safer power options for electronic devices. The dangers inherent in Li-ion batteries were known, but there was never any such large scale incidents involving the malfunctioning of lithium based batteries reported. In a recent news, a Reddit user has allegedly reported an explosion in the iPhone 7 Plus.
Yes, you heard it right; the perfect smartphone for the rich lots too has joined the suicide bombing squad. The user reported an incident of her co-worker who has alleged that his iPhone 7 Plus has exploded in transit, while it was being delivered to him. So, technically it did not explode while someone was using it and it certainly did not explode while connected to a charger like what happened with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
No official report has yet been released by Apple accepting the incident, so we are still not sure whether the allegations are real or is just a hoax fuelled to malign the image of Apple. People are still speculating on the reasons for the explosion of a sealed and unboxed iPhone 7 Plus. The images released by the Reddit user shows no harm done to the packaging so, most likely it exploded due to some sort of transportation accident, damaging the battery from within.
Samsung has already recalled 2.5 million unsold Note 7 after it acknowledged the incidents of battery explosions. Various airlines have already banned Galaxy Note 7 during their flights. Samsung has also started a refund and replacement program for unfortunate buyers.
The user further adds that some Apple person has contacted them and has given them assurance for an expedient replacement from the carrier AT&T. The pictures look pretty convincing and if it turns out to be true then after the explosive encounters of Note 7 users, 2017 might be remembered as a “year of exploding flagships that will literally blow your minds”.