iPhone 5 explodes in China resulting in eye injuries


Da Lian Evening News (via ZDNet) reports that a Chinese woman suffered eye injuries after her iPhone 5 exploded while she was on a call.

According to the report, she was on a phone call for 40 minutes when she noticed that the screen had become very warm. She apparently tried to end the call but the touchscreen was not responding, and after a few tries the iPhone 5 exploded.

When she looked at the device to check it, Li then discovered the touchscreen was not responding when she tried to end the call. After a few more tries, the screen exploded. 

Li said she felt some debris shooting into her eyes. “I could not open my eyes,” she recalled. Her colleagues rushed her to the hospital where the doctor found her eyeball red and inflamed, and identified a scratch mark which suggested an object had scratched it.

She told Da Lian Evening News that she had dropped her iPhone once, which had resulted in a small dent in the upper right corner where it exploded. She however claims that her iPhone was still useable.

The report notes that an Apple representative has responded to the report, and said that the incident needed further investigation, and typically would not be covered by product warranty.

Last month, a Chinese woman was electrocuted while using an iPhone. It was later reported that the 23-year old Chinese woman was using an unauthorized third-party charger. As a response to the incident, Apple had launched a web page on its Chinese website to educate customers about its chargers, and urged them to use official chargers.

An iPhone exploding does sound scary, however we’ll have to wait for the results of the investigation to figure out why it happened, and what precautions should be taken to avoid such incidents.

[Da Lian Evening News via ZDNet]

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  • Mohamed Nasser

    why does every phone explode happen in china ?

    • Steve Nguyen

      Cause they’re all knock offs

      • Riaz Toorabally

        Well said..

  • Alan

    Isn’t it odd that all these iPhone incidents happen in China?

  • Anon the moose

    Mine fell out of my pocket and shattered after falling 5 floors. Busted but still worked (sort of). But it didn’t explode which is a little disappointing in the light of this report.

  • Grey1

    Doesn’t it bother anyone that Apples first official response was that it normally would not be covered under the warranty, instead of being concerned about the safety aspect this could pose and the recovery of the woman’s health?

    • Purple1

      yeah.. if i were that woman, i would bother my iphone get exchange… I DEFINITELY WANT MY EYES BACK to normal!

    • snpperhd

      I’m sure we didn’t receive the ‘complete’ statement from Apple concerning the incident.

  • peros

    hahahaahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha,chinishe people is like u put a monkey fly an aeroplane,retardation and layers

    • J™


  • peros

    ahhahahahahahhahaha hhahahhahahahahah what a huge retardation layers

    • Aunty christ

      Google translate put to great use again, I see

  • Angelo


  • jojon

    fake one made in CHINA :)

    • upple

      the real ones are also made in china -_-

  • BMWIIIMPower

    This story just sounds too fishy… Sounds like a bunch of Chinese people are catching on to the “get rich quick” lawsuit game.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    i am glad China (or Asia) is learning quickly how to give a hard time to (being a asshole with) catholic-christians from western and eastern europe (merchants) then, bringing control over engineering and proper assembly back to China and with chinese entrepreneurs and state authorities controlling the overall QC (quality check ) process. (hip hip URRA’ for Made in PRC)

  • jojon

    change the eyes with EYE-PHONE !!