Smartphones catching fire is not something new. However, this time around, an incident has been reported, wherein, apparently, a defective iPhone 4S caused a fire. Subsequently, the fire caused by the phone burned the house and the total damages were estimated to be around $75,000. According to the insurance company’s internal investigation, the fire was due to an internal failure in the iPhone 4S.
The US insurance giant State Farm has sued Apple over the defective iPhone 4S. The lawsuit claims that the iPhone 4S was defective when it was sold to Thao back in 2014. Furthermore, it also accuses Apple of faulty designing, manufacturing, and placing the device in circulation. The filing reads as follows “As a direct and proximate result of Apple’s negligence in the design, manufacture, and/or sale of the iPhone, Thao sustained damage to her personal property.”
Well, as one might have already realized, the story does leave us with quite a lot of questions. Was the iPhone 4s being charged with a genuine charger? Since it’s already three years old, many people don’t consider it a good move to invest in a pricey genuine charger. Also, in some of the cases, the electric supply is also equally to be blamed but again the variables are simply overwhelming. Yet another unknown is whether or not the iPhone 4s was purchased directly from Apple or an authorised retailer. As of now, this seems to be yet another stray incident of iPhone catching fire and it’s premature to arrive at a conclusion.
It’s uncanny on why the iPhone 4S didn’t exhibit overheating in the past three years of ownership. On a related note, I personally believe that genuine chargers are worth the extra bucks. If you suspect electric supply fluctuations get your MCB checked by an electrician and also keep an eye on your charging voltage by using an app like Ampere.