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  • iPhone 4's USB Port Reportedly Overheats and Burns User

    There are reports today that one iPhone 4 user suffered minor burns following a USB port "catching fire." Unlike past instances of exploding or flame-throwing iPhones (at least that's what some headlines would have you believe), this situation appears even more isolated than previous accounts of dangerous iPhone-related mishaps.

    To be clear, however, some reports and headlines regarding this situation have been greatly exaggerated. That is, to say the iPhone 4 burst into flames would be patently false. And there is no reason (at least at this time) to think that widespread accounts of similar occurrences will be forthcoming as it pertains to the iPhone 4.

    According to BGR:

    The brand new iPhone 4 caught on fire while being hooked up to a computer using the Apple USB cable that accompanied the device.

    What we know for sure is that USB port in question was so overheated that it "began to burn" and consequently melted the plug on the iPhone's connector cord. On physical contact, the surface mildly burned the iPhone 4 owner's hand - much like the way touching a hot pan out of the oven would do some minor damage to an unprotected finger tip.

    In recent years, there have been many accounts of iDevices overheating and becoming physically uncomfortable to the touch. And while battery recalls and faulty components have, on occasion, contributed to these issues, most savvy gadget users understand that devices - when used at high intensity for prolonged periods of time - will get hot. Sometimes very hot. At that point, it's always best to give the iPhone, or iPod, or iWhataver a rest to let the thing cool off. Apart from filing that already-ingrained lesson into our universal common sense folder, there's not much to be gleaned from this particular account - although some will naturally sensationalize the headline. After all, it is "hot" news.

    Image via BGR
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 4's USB Port Reportedly Overheats and Burns User started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. wrxtcy379's Avatar
      wrxtcy379 -
      wow that would be a bad day for me
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      thats fake wat is there to burn / sustain the fire?
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -

      BGR is like the Enquirer for electronics
    1. TheWiredHavocMC2.0's Avatar
      TheWiredHavocMC2.0 -
      bunch of crap. im sure this dorks usb cable was bad and that caused a short which caught on fire.
      I have my iPhone4 plugged into my usb desktop docking station for 6 hours a day and this thing doesn't even get hot.

      just another noob trying to make cash of the current issues apple is having
    1. Nightz's Avatar
      Nightz -
      Wow I knew that devices get pretty hot about prolonged use but didnt know they could get as hot to cause a fire.

      My itouch gets a hot after prolonged use of playing a game that is like 100 mb or so but not that hot. Doesnt even get hot at all when chargin. This just amazes me.
    1. kadinh's Avatar
      kadinh -
      i like the apple logo at the start of the story.

      new background...
    1. Fhadso's Avatar
      Fhadso -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      thats fake wat is there to burn / sustain the fire?
      The plastic? Plastic will melt first, and then will be able to sustain a flame.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Did he dead?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Looks like liquid was involved. (if the pic is real). The metal shows liquid burn or short.

      Looks like liquid was involved. (if the pic is real). The metal shows liquid burn or short with water .

      Also the screen protector doesn't have a single blemish. FAKE.... Nice try dude. Go to walmart slip on the floor or spill some coffee from fatdonalds on your lap. That might work for ya... Lol
    1. 8r00k1yn8411!n's Avatar
      8r00k1yn8411!n -
      Who needs a lighter when you have an iPhone 4
    1. buttrr76's Avatar
      buttrr76 -
      Yea when I charge my phone sometimes I'll get the picture telling me my phone has overheated and can only make emergency calls
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Tsk tsk on Apple!
    1. ALAN523's Avatar
      ALAN523 -
      mine does not get hot at all
    1. numanair's Avatar
      numanair -
      iPhone 4: now makes bacon.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Damn imagine if this happened to one of the iPhones connected in the apple stores lol
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      when he washed his hands he shoudve dryed. Bad decision lmao
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I guess the iPhone 4 now grills and bakes food.
    1. Buckmaster's Avatar
      Buckmaster -
      Got my Iphone 4 three days ago, love it. But, some of my apps will just close, and one minute I have 3G and full bars, than the next minute , I have E, and one bar, and can`t connect to make a call. If Apple don`t come out with a update to take care of these glinches, going to return it,and my wifes phone before the 30 days are up. Anytime you plug an device into a power grid, there are a chance of a short. I say this is real, out of all the iphones sold, there have to be a few with a short problems.