Apple Store in Zurich Evacuated Following Incident With Overheated iPhone Battery

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    The Apple retail store located on Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, Switzerland was evacuated on Tuesday following a situation with an overheated iPhone battery and its injury of a repair worker (via Reuters and Swissinfo.ch). Zurich police said that the incident happened as the worker was removing the battery from the iPhone, subsequently overheating and "slightly" burning his hand.

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    It wasn't confirmed which iPhone was the source of the incident, but afterwards smoke began building up within the store, leading to the temporary evacuation of around 50 customers and employees from the premises. In addition to the repair worker, seven other people required medical attention but none were hospitalized.

    The police mentioned that Apple staff responded quickly to the overheated battery by sprinkling quartz sand over it and containing the smoke as fast as possible.
    According to the police statement, forensic specialists are now examining what caused the incident in the first place, so no explanation was given at the time of writing. Apple has yet to comment on the situation.

    Article Link: Apple Store in Zurich Evacuated Following Incident With Overheated iPhone Battery
     
  2. ArneK macrumors regular

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    It's probably one of those high quality batteries that apple started using from iPhone 6 on...
     
  3. justperry macrumors G3

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    Non story!




    Or maybe a third party battery.
     
  4. vertsix macrumors 65816

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    defective batteries are in every released smartphone model, but they are rarer on some

    for batteries to become safety hazards is even more rare, such as this case
     
  5. Iam3rd macrumors newbie

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    No worries. By the end of the day Apple will offer a discount in their battery replacement program. Did anyone check for a degrading battery?
     
  6. quaresma macrumors member

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    Third party battery in Apple Store? lol
     
  7. heimo macrumors 6502

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    Not the first time iPhone battery has caused unexpected premature shutdown.
     
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    Battery replacement programme now includes 12 months complimentary fire insurance.
     
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    The article doesn't state that the Genius was installing the battery. For all we know, the customer got a potato installed at a mall kiosk and the brought the phone it for issues relating to/unrelated to said potato.
     
  11. thebeans macrumors 6502

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    Yes. The article said the incident occurred when the battery was being removed. It could have been a third party battery that was being replaced because it sucked hind tit. Also, the worker could have punctured the battery during the removal process. LiOn batteries really don’t like being punctured. Of course it could just be a coincidence that it started burning at the exact same time it was being removed.
     
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    Lawsuit coming in one ... two .... and :rolleyes:
     
  13. evangw macrumors regular

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    In Switzerland? Not too likely.
     
  14. mikethemartian macrumors regular

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    I wonder if the worker accidentally shorted the battery when taking it out.
     
  15. Cordorb macrumors regular

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    I saw a Car battery being replaced once and the dealer shorted the cables and started a small fire.

    odd that this did not make the news :)
     
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    This doesn't make any sense, iPhones are off when worked on.

    And yes, I get the not so funny joke/meme.
     
  17. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3

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    It may have if by "the news" you meant a website dedicated to that brand of car.
     
  18. ignatius345 macrumors 65816

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    Lithium-ion batteries are pretty terrifying. Look up one of those "laptop on fire" videos sometime. Once that reaction starts and all that chemical energy gets released, it's insane. Whatever the replacement for lithium-ion batteries is, it just can't come soon enough.
     
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    Very likely if it happened to a ferrari, not so much if it's a Kia.:)
     
  20. koulmj Suspended

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    This one battery incident is it just a battery incident. It means the most valuable company in the world worth less than before. Also, your phines are not as reliable. And don’t forget that your education is less meaningful and your family doesn’t care about you like they did before.
     
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    A decent Laptop battery is 60 Watts or (much) more, release that amount of energy in seconds (<½ a minute) and you know what you get.
     
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    Doesnt a 3rd party battery void the warranty? I doubt they would replace a battery if you messed with it yourself. I am sure there is a way for them to tell before opening up the phone. Some kind of marker
     
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    If it's Apple related, it's likely overblown as it is. If this was Another Company that this occurred with, it might be a sub-headline on Yahoo news.
     
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    Lol i hope it was an iphone x, nah it was surely not a third party battery and no it was not worked on, cause it was infront were the selling ones are. I know the shop, cause i shop there!
     

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