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oneofthenine

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Thought it was worth sharing this one here. An extremely worrying case from Phillip Lechter regarding his iPhone 6. During a rickshaw ride his phone bumped** against the side of the rickshaw in his pocket and bent quite badly. The resulting bend appears to have damaged the battery and caused it to catch fire resulting in quite severe burns. Apple have not yet responded to the case.

http://philliplechter.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/my-apple-iphone-6-bent-and-caught-on-fire-in-my-front-pocket/

Hopefully most of the smaller bends we are seeing aren't enough to damage the battery, but with a phone that is structurally weak this kind of thing could be a concern in the case of a minor accident.

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**seems some people don't like the word 'bumped'. I don't mean to mischaracterize this as a minor knock. By the account in the blog it was quite a hard knock against the side of the rickshaw. Bumped is a word I would use for banging into something, sorry for any confusion**

**Here is the exact quote as to how the collision/hanging over/bending occurred. It's not really clear if it was bent due to collision with the side or due to some sort of hanging over the edge and the phone compressing over a bar as Surf Monkey suggests: Fortunately, the rickshaw didn’t tip all the way over, and we were not thrown out. I was half on, half off the rickshaw as I was sitting on the left side of the seat. I immediately checked my wife and son to make sure they were ok. While I was looking at them, I felt a burning sensation on my leg and then saw and smelled smoke from my pants. I surveyed the rickshaw quickly and could not find anything that could have set me on fire. Then it hit me, my phone was in my pocket. Somehow in the process of the tipping of the rickshaw my new APPLE iPhone 6 had bent in my front pocket and caught on fire.**
 
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afsnyder

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Thought it was worth sharing this one here. An extremely worrying case from Phillip Lechter regarding his iPhone 6. During a rickshaw ride his phone bumped against the side of the rickshaw in his pocket and bent quite badly. The resulting bend appears to have damaged the battery and caused it to catch fire resulting in quite severe burns. Apple have not yet responded to the case.

http://philliplechter.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/my-apple-iphone-6-bent-and-caught-on-fire-in-my-front-pocket/

Hopefully most of the smaller bends we are seeing aren't enough to damage the battery, but with a phone that is structurally weak this kind of thing could be a concern in the case of a minor accident.

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Umm... how hard was that bump...?
 
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kas23

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So, it he going to sue the rickshaw company? Was he riding it wrong?
 
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prodigee

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There is no way a minor "bump" did that. The force required to bend like that would be huge if it was indeed a quick incident...
 
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kirkhuffy

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Wow. That's certainly cause for concern. If this is legit apple may have some problems. I've dismissed majority of the bend stories and problems, but this is hard to ignore.

For those who didn't read the story at the link, here is the main excerpt:

"We didn’t get much more than a block down the road when the driver/biker caught a trolley track in the road and lost balance. He feel over causing the rickshaw to tip over to the left. Fortunately, the rickshaw didn’t tip all the way over, and we were not thrown out. I was half on, half off the rickshaw as I was sitting on the left side of the seat. I immediately checked my wife and son to make sure they were ok. While I was looking at them, I felt a burning sensation on my leg and then saw and smelled smoke from my pants. I surveyed the rickshaw quickly and could not find anything that could have set me on fire. Then it hit me, my phone was in my pocket. Somehow in the process of the tipping of the rickshaw my new APPLE iPhone 6 had bent in my front pocket and caught on fire."
 
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Surf Monkey

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It really doesn't take as much as you would think.

And you know this... how?

oneofthenine is notorious for taking everything bendgage at face value. If someone said they tapped the home button and the phone folded in half and ripped a hole in the space-time continuum he'd believe it. Dude has an agenda. To that extent this latest report is HIGHLY suspect.
 
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bayou.boy

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Oct 6, 2014
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Reading the blog post its obvious that it was not a bump but rather his body hanging over the ricksaw caused his phone to extremely bend. Not suprising considering how easy some phones have bent when in pockets and slight force is applied.

Although extreme, the phone catching fire is both surprising and concerning.
 
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Surf Monkey

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Reading the blog post its obvious that it was not a bump but rather his body hanging over the ricksaw caused his phone to extremely bend. Not suprising considering how easy some phones have bent when in pockets and slight force is applied.

Although extreme, the phone catching fire is both surprising and concerning.

What phones have bent in pockets easily when slight force is applied? It's interesting that you toss that statement off so casually, as if it's obvious fact, and yet...
 
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bayou.boy

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And you know this... how?

oneofthenine is notorious for taking everything bendgage at face value. If someone said they tapped the home button and the phone folded in half and ripped a hole in the space-time continuum he'd believe it. Dude has an agenda. To that extent this latest report is HIGHLY suspect.

What do you mean suspect? oneofthenine didn't post the original blog, he just reposted it here...

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What phones have bent in pockets easily when slight force is applied? It's interesting that you toss that statement off so casually, as if it's obvious fact, and yet...

I tossed it off casually because it is a FACT that some peoples phones have bent while in their pocket when leaning over or doing some sort of activity that applies force to the phone... Or do you just not believe the phones have not been bending and everyone is doing it with their hands?
 
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Surf Monkey

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I tossed it off casually because it is a FACT that some peoples phones have bent while in their pocket when leaning over or doing some sort of activity that applies force to the phone... Or do you just not believe the phones have not been bending and everyone is doing it with their hands?

You just changed your story. First you said "bend easily" and "slight force." Believe it or not, those phrases have meanings. Furthermore, there is scant evidence that any phone has been bent while in a pocket from leaning over. The confirmed cases we've seen here have ALL involved the owner doing something excessive to the device like forcing it into and out of a tight case repeatedly. Not "slight force." Not "easily bent." Not "in a pocket."

What I'm saying is that you should be more careful about what you state as fact.

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SM thinks everything is a conspiracy.

Nope. Surf Monkey doesn't buy into idiotic hysteria.
 
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bayou.boy

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Oct 6, 2014
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You just changed your story. First you said "bend easily" and "slight force." Believe it or not, those phrases have meanings. Furthermore, there is scant evidence that any phone has been bent while in a pocket from leaning over. The confirmed cases we've seen here have ALL involved the owner doing something excessive to the device like forcing it into and out of a tight case repeatedly. Not "slight force." Not "easily bent." Not "in a pocket."

What I'm saying is that you should be more careful about what you state as fact.


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Nope. Surf Monkey doesn't buy into idiotic hysteria.

:rolleyes:

When I say bends easily I mean if you lean over while the phone is in your pocket and it bends, to me, thats bends easily. Also reading the posts I do not believe the owners have ALL done something excessive to the device. Maybe you should be careful what you state as fact.

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Not what I said. Try again.

Oh excuse me, it's an agenda not invalided. You're laughable...
 
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myscrnnm

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Sep 16, 2014
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So because he used the word bump his post is invalidated? OK... :rolleyes:
Way to take things out of context. It's not so much that he used the word "bump" as it was that he downplayed the situation.

"We didn’t get much more than a block down the road when the driver/biker caught a trolley track in the road and lost balance. He feel over causing the rickshaw to tip over to the left. Fortunately, the rickshaw didn’t tip all the way over, and we were not thrown out. I was half on, half off the rickshaw as I was sitting on the left side of the seat."

This does not sound like a bump.
 
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Surf Monkey

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:rolleyes:

When I say bends easily I mean if you lean over while the phone is in your pocket and it bends, to me, thats bends easily. Also reading the posts I do not believe the owners have ALL done something excessive to the device. Maybe you should be careful what you state as fact.

Oh excuse me, it's an agenda not invalided. You're laughable...

Scrambling to qualify your initial rash comment, I see. Problem is? Attacking my character doesn't make your comment any more accurate. But do please feel free to try and prove that the phones "bend easily with slight force in your pocket when you lean over." We'll all wait. Definitive proof of that ridiculous claim would be quite stunning if you could actually provide it...
 
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bayou.boy

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Oct 6, 2014
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Scrambling to qualify your initial rash comment, I see. Problem is? Attacking my character doesn't make your comment any more accurate. But do please feel free to try and prove that the phones "bend easily with slight force in your pocket when you lean over." We'll all wait. Definitive proof of that ridiculous claim would be quite stunning if you could actually provide it...

Attacking your character? It NEVER will be that serious for me. I do not know you. You're a screen name on macrumors, nothing more-nothing less.

& I still stand by my statement...

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Way to take things out of context. It's not so much that he used the word "bump" as it was that he downplayed the situation.

"We didn’t get much more than a block down the road when the driver/biker caught a trolley track in the road and lost balance. He feel over causing the rickshaw to tip over to the left. Fortunately, the rickshaw didn’t tip all the way over, and we were not thrown out. I was half on, half off the rickshaw as I was sitting on the left side of the seat."

This does not sound like a bump.

I already stated that the OP mischaracterized the incident.
 
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