Scattered reports of mysterious exploding iPhones have been circulating around the Internet for a while now. Several of them have even turned into legal cases, and there have been investigations launched into the safety of Apple's flagship product. According to Bloomberg.com, Apple has also been conducting their own internal tests. The results have been very interesting.
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According to Apple, all the iPhones in France and Europe that 'exploded' showed signs of outside pressure as the cause of the detonation or cracking. Several phones across the continent were reported as exploding, overheating, or cracking. Apple asked these people to turn their phones in for investigation. Alan Hely, a spokesman for Apple Europe, announced the results of the testing in an email.
“In all cases the glass cracked due to an external force that was applied to the iPhone. There are no confirmed battery overheating incidents for iPhone 3GS and the number of reports we are investigating is in the single digits.”
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So there you have it. It's not Apple's fault and it isn't happening very much anyway. At least, that's their take on the situation. The European Union has asked Apple for information about the iPhone and is running their own investigation into the matter. If the truth is different than Apple is reporting, we should know soon enough.