What surprises me here was Apple’s response to not use iPhones after 7 years. I know many people who use older phones, do they all risk fire?
BTW - the phone was being charged with the original Apple charger.
We are now nearing the end of January 2023.
Video's text stated it was a iPhone 4 that was released in 2010.
That's over a dozen years ago.
I have the newer 2011 iPhone 4s and the battery's so bad that it will need a new battery. With the last iOS version installed it is very slow.
I never changed its battery because I get a new iPhone every 24 months until now.
Odds are the family either replaced the battery via Apple or 3rd party or the iPhone was used with minimal charging or usage for over 12 years. Essentially a phone just to text/calls.
TBH I'd advice anyone to replace their device immediately after the final Security Update to keep their data safe from hackers. For that specific iPhone that's after 93 months or nearing 8 years of possible usage. That iPhone can accept up to iOS 7.1.2 (11D257) / June 30, 2014 that was released over 8 years ago.
But for a device that gets charged & discharged at 1x/day or more with occasional physical drops from the hand, pocket or table onto the ground/floor/street I would shorten it to 58 months or nearing 5 years due to wear and tear that could lead to unscheduled catastrophic failure.
Last thing you want is to be far away from any Apple tech or store with a non-functioning phone without a backup.
So preventative maintenance is in order.
Where I live people keep using devices that old because they cannot afford to replace or they do not care to replace.
The father mentioned he has 5 kids. They appear to have a nice relatively new home so I assume that they're cutting cost whenever they can.
As some have pointed out the use of the original Apple charger was not mentioned. Only the USB cable.
The wife of my Uni classmate died from using knock off smartphone chargers nearly a decade ago.
If my spouse and I had 4 kids of our own we'd have 2 iPhone plans for the same year and another 2 iPhone plans 12 months after.
As the spouse and I are paying for it we'd be receiving the newest iPhone every 12 months.
On its 13th month we hand it down to two of our kids for them to use for the next 24 months.
At the 18th month we replace the battery for a fresh new one.
On the 36th month the kids' hand me down iPhones will be liquidated and they will use our 13th month old iPhone.
Typical replacement cycle of smartphones in the US/EU has lengthened from 24 months to 36 months or longer.
This applies to all four of our kids.
For devices like a Mac or iPad that typically do not get dropped or recharged as frequently and receive their final Security Update on year 9 or 10 we'd lengthen the replacement cycle.
With 4 kids we'd buy iPad/Mac this year and another iPad/Mac 24 months from now
As the spouse and I are paying for it we'd be receiving the newest iPad/Mac every 24 months.
On its 25th month we hand it down to two of our kids for them to use for the next 48 months.
At the 56th month we replace the battery for a fresh new one.
On the 72th month the kids' hand me down iPad/Mac will be liquidated and they will use our 25th month old iPad/Mac.
Typical replacement cycle of a laptop/desktop in the US/EU has lengthened from the 90's 3 years to 6 years