Teen to Blame for Exploding iPhone? So Says Apple

Company points finger as EU launches inquiry
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2009 5:11 PM CDT
A shop worker holds the new Apple iPhone 3GS in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, June 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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(Newser) – Tales of spontaneously combusting iPhones across Europe may be fodder for easy jokes, but the whole "business is no laughing matter," writes JR Raphael for PC World. The EU has opened a formal inquiry into the latest incident, in which a French teenager says an exploding screen sent a shard of glass into his eye, and Apple has begun blaming customers for the snafus.

“In all cases, the glass cracked due to an external force that was applied to the iPhone,” a company spokesman said yesterday. But that claim contradicts the teen’s statement that the phone “experienced no unusual shock” before its meltdown. Independent experts in the US are now conducting tests. “Of course, you could always just side with the satirists and point the finger at Apple's ‘oppressive regime,'" Raphael writes. "Hey, it's your call.”