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  • Smoking iPhone 4 Frightens Passengers on Airplane


    Apparently, an overheating, smoking, and slightly glowing iPhone 4 was enough to frighten the pants off of passengers on an Australian regional airline late last week, we're just now discovering.

    Passengers on board the Regional Express (REX) say the flight crew had to extinguish a glowing red iPhone 4 that was the source of a creepy "dense smoke." Presumably, some on board thought the iPhone was an explosion risk or perhaps a bomb scare. But as it turns out, the device was just overheating. And, luckily, no one was harmed.

    As we understand it, the entire incident was documented and subsequently reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for investigation. As we all know, Apple has a history of battery issues with the iPhone 4, but the degree to which this particular device melted down is not common.

    By no means should this story make anyone fearful of flying with their iPhones. But we'll keep you posted on the outcome of the ongoing investigation by aviation officials.

    Source: PCMag
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Smoking iPhone 4 Frightens Passengers on Airplane started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      The cabins are pressurized so it's the same if your in an airplane or on the ground

      what was he doing with it when it started to overheat is the better question
      and does he get a new iPhone for free?
    1. brab's Avatar
      brab -
      Most cabins are pressurized to approx. 8,000 feet, with the exception of new 787s to 6,000 feet, so it's far away from what you just said.

      EDIT:
      A380s have 5,000 feet.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by brab View Post
      Most cabins are pressurized to approx. 8,000 feet, with the exception of new 787s to 6,000 feet, so it's far away from what you just said.

      EDIT:
      A380s have 5,000 feet.
      Um this sounds false, cause they are always pressurized no matter what altitude the airplane is at it might not be the same as the ground though like I said earlier
    1. torrent82's Avatar
      torrent82 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      The cabins are pressurized so it's the same if your in an airplane or on the ground

      what was he doing with it when it started to overheat is the better question
      and does he get a new iPhone for free?
      This is the third time I read this article.
      In no article does anyone notice or say anything about the Steve Jobs Apple logo on the back of the iPhone...
      The phone had a user-modified back plate! If I think that the user is gonna get a replacement? NO!
      The lesson here?: don't mess with the hardware or it blows up in your MF face!!!
      Moreover the Yahoo article about this has the same picture of the exploding phone with the logo cropped out...great! It's like everyone can't wait for a f*ck-up to appear so they can jump on it and start pointing the finger at Apple...
    1. fventura03's Avatar
      fventura03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by torrent82 View Post
      This is the third time I read this article.
      In no article does anyone notice or say anything about the Steve Jobs Apple logo on the back of the iPhone...
      The phone had a user-modified back plate! If I think that the user is gonna get a replacement? NO!
      The lesson here?: don't mess with the hardware or it blows up in your MF face!!!
      Moreover the Yahoo article about this has the same picture of the exploding phone with the logo cropped out...great! It's like everyone can't wait for a f*ck-up to appear so they can jump on it and start pointing the finger at Apple...
      that might be the cracked glass around the apple logo that is making you believe it's a modified back.
    1. bigstudio's Avatar
      bigstudio -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      Um this sounds false, cause they are always pressurized no matter what altitude the airplane is at it might not be the same as the ground though like I said earlier
      What brab meant was the cabins are pressurized to the equivalent of what air pressure would be at 8000 feet. In other words, less than the air pressure on the ground. There are many reasons for this, like less stress on the shell of the plane and less stress on your ears should pressure suddenly be lost!
    1. epikarus's Avatar
      epikarus -
      I dont think thats a steve jobs apple log on the back. It looks like the cracked glass is refracting the logo that way. I maybe wrong, but why jump to the conclusion that the phone was modified? **** happens, manufacturing something isn't perfect. Who's fault is it? no ones. And this article isnt blaming anyone especially apple.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Kind of a bummer... next thing you know is they won't allow cell phones on the planes.....
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      Quote Originally Posted by torrent82 View Post
      This is the third time I read this article.
      In no article does anyone notice or say anything about the Steve Jobs Apple logo on the back of the iPhone...
      The phone had a user-modified back plate! If I think that the user is gonna get a replacement? NO!
      The lesson here?: don't mess with the hardware or it blows up in your MF face!!!
      Moreover the Yahoo article about this has the same picture of the exploding phone with the logo cropped out...great! It's like everyone can't wait for a f*ck-up to appear so they can jump on it and start pointing the finger at Apple...

      NICE CATCH!! I didn't even notice that, until you pointed it out... Better check the quality of your "aftermarket" parts, nobady want there pants to exploid especially if they can't turn and sue anyone.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by torrent82 View Post
      The phone had a user-modified back plate! If I think that the user is gonna get a replacement? NO!
      Good eye...
    1. arem's Avatar
      arem -
      Quote Originally Posted by torrent82 View Post
      This is the third time I read this article.
      In no article does anyone notice or say anything about the Steve Jobs Apple logo on the back of the iPhone...
      The phone had a user-modified back plate! If I think that the user is gonna get a replacement? NO!
      The lesson here?: don't mess with the hardware or it blows up in your MF face!!!
      Moreover the Yahoo article about this has the same picture of the exploding phone with the logo cropped out...great! It's like everyone can't wait for a f*ck-up to appear so they can jump on it and start pointing the finger at Apple...
      if you honestly and truly believe that replacing a back plate will cause a battery overheating malfunction you are the worst kind of idiot.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by arem View Post
      if you honestly and truly believe that replacing a back plate will cause a battery overheating malfunction you are the worst kind of idiot.
      That's nice.
      Do you know how the passive cooling system in an iPhone works?
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      I wonder if it was the environment change that caused the iPhone to overheat

      Keeping iPhone Within Acceptable Temperatures iPhone is designed
      to be operated in temperatures between 0 and 35 C (32 to 95 F) and
      stored in temperatures between -20 and 45 C (-4 to 113 F). Low- or
      high-temperature conditions might temporarily shorten battery life or
      cause iPhone to temporarily stop working properly. Leaving iPhone in
      a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight can cause iPhone to exceed these
      storage or operating temperature ranges. Avoid dramatic changes in
      temperature or humidity when using iPhone as condensation may form
      on or within iPhone.

      When you’re using iPhone or charging the battery, it is normal for iPhone
      to get warm. The exterior of iPhone functions as a cooling surf
      this infomation was found here

      I don't think it is an aftermarket backplate as this is the only steve jobs Apple logo backplate I could find




      I think it's just looks like it the Steve Jobs Apple logo because of where the glass has cracked

      here I've upscaled the logo using the 10% rule



      It's just a crack

      Edit: I just found another aftermarket back

      still not the same
    1. Slmchrist's Avatar
      Slmchrist -
      Not trying to tick anyone off , but that is definitely a modded back plate. The glass fracture would not remove extra paint out of the apples cut out!! You can still see the eyeglass frames in the logo.

      Edit

      As I continue to look it could be just the crack glass? Scratchead!!??
    1. sTrAnGe mOdS's Avatar
      sTrAnGe mOdS -
      Why does everyone have to be so hostile about this? Its a news article guys. Whether the phone was modified or not, there's no sense in arguing and getting all mad over it..
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -


      So it looks like the Apple symble is off alittle but if it's the Steve Jobs back where is "Steve Jobs" and the "Year"
    1. Slmchrist's Avatar
      Slmchrist -
      Quote Originally Posted by sTrAnGe mOdS View Post
      Why does everyone have to be so hostile about this? Its a news article guys. Whether the phone was modified or not, there's no sense in arguing and getting all mad over it..
      IMO I think we should know if it was modded so we would know to stay clear of the backplates! Just my opinion.
    1. Muff!nMan's Avatar
      Muff!nMan -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      I wonder if it was the environment change that caused the iPhone to overheat



      this infomation was found here

      I don't think it is an aftermarket backplate as this is the only steve jobs Apple logo backplate I could find




      I think it's just looks like it the Steve Jobs Apple logo because of where the glass has cracked

      here I've upscaled the logo using the 10% rule



      It's just a crack

      nice work! Additional confirmation is that the 1955-2011 thing isn't there. It is just a crack
    1. Stumbows's Avatar
      Stumbows -
      I had a friend that had the same thing happen to them. They dropped their iPhone from about 3 feet and when picking it up the thing was getting so hot that he couldn't even hold it any longer and it melted down big time like this picture. And for the record his was completely unmodified and maybe 3 months old.
    1. xXDrizzyyXx's Avatar
      xXDrizzyyXx -
      I have a modded backplate made of titanium and I have noticed that it can get quite hot at times, but rarely it has to been in use for a long time before it even starts to get warm. But I believe it was a modified backplate as well.