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[TheVerge]Smoking iPhone on Australian plane caused by misplaced screw

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Last November, not long after an airplane landed at Sydney Airport, crew members discovered a passenger with an iPhone that was literally smoking — and it turns out the problem was a bad repair job. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has finally released the results of its investigation — which included initial testing in Australia before the phone was shipped to specialists in the US — and concluded that a stray screw was the cause of the problem. The screw managed to puncture the battery casing, causing the phone to overheat and start smoking. So how did the screw get there in the first place? The report claims it was misplaced after repairs were made at a "non-authorized repair agent." While this might be a rare occurrence, it does highlight the fact that you should probably make sure whoever's fixing your phone knows what they're doing before they start fiddling around with the insides

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OK, time to ban cell phones on planes, here come the fear mongers.rolleyes.gif
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That is why I don't buy phones whose battery can't be replaced by the user easily.

Even in the case of a repair done by an unauthorized repair agent as was the case, the person fixing the phone would have removed the battery if it was removable and this accident could eventually not have happened.

The other day I had to replace the battery of my around 4 years and 3 months old Nokia N95 because it was swelling and you could already notice it because it was making a bulge on the lid. True, it lasted around 4 years and 3 months, so I can't complain about that, but imagine having a battery in a sealed compartment, that probably won't bulge, and the end result, with you not being able to periodically check (and some faulty batteries can start to swell well within the warranty), could well be a fire with unpredictable consequences.
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is it really necessary to label it as an apple product?

heck any phone could do the same thing


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That is why I don't buy phones whose battery can't be replaced by the user easily.
Even in the case of a repair done by an unauthorized repair agent as was the case, the person fixing the phone would have removed the battery if it was removable and this accident eventually not have happened.
There is a reason why they do that you know?
if it did have a replaceable battery it would have to be much bigger (battery) and you wouldn't be seeing the S III iPhone 4S ect as small as they are today.
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That is why I don't buy phones whose battery can't be replaced by the user easily.
Even in the case of a repair done by an unauthorized repair agent as was the case, the person fixing the phone would have removed the battery if it was removable and this accident could eventually not have happened.
The other day I had to replace the battery of my around 4 years and 3 months old Nokia N95 because it was swelling and you could already notice it because it was making a bulge on the lid. True, it lasted around 4 years and 3 months, so I can't complain about that, but imagine having a battery in a sealed compartment, that probably won't bulge, and the end result, with you not being able to periodically check (and some faulty batteries can start to swell well within the warranty), could well be a fire with unpredictable consequences.

The iPhone battery comes out with 2 screws on the bottom and the back cover slides off. The battery is then easily replaced.

Don't believe Apple hooplah
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There is a reason why they do that you know?
if it did have a replaceable battery it would have to be much bigger (battery) and you wouldn't be seeing the S III iPhone 4S ect as small as they are today.

The SGS3 has a removable backplate and thus an easily removable battery. And all this talk about batteries is pointless. The phone can be unscrewed for whatever reason; doesn't have to be limited to battery removal.
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There is a reason why they do that you know?
if it did have a replaceable battery it would have to be much bigger (battery) and you wouldn't be seeing the S III iPhone 4S ect as small as they are today.

I prefer security and knowing I can easily inspect the battery and even carry two if I so wish than to be limited to handing over the phone to an authorised dealer for the battery to be replaced, which raises security concerns over your data. Expert users may know how to backup and securely delete everything before handing over the phone, but most users don't. In any case, the fact you can't buy a battery and replace it yourself is in itself an annoyance and a waste of time.

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The iPhone battery comes out with 2 screws on the bottom and the back cover slides off. The battery is then easily replaced.
Don't believe Apple hooplah

Going about unscrewing things is not my notion of being user replaceable. Especially since you are voiding the warranty, aren't you ?
 
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Technically with the Apple TOS you agree to only repair at authorized locations and not do your own repairs or repair at a non authorized
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The iPhone battery comes out with 2 screws on the bottom and the back cover slides off. The battery is then easily replaced.
Don't believe Apple hooplah

Just like how the HDD in a laptop is usally held in by a few screws (1-2) and a cover. Does that mean my mother would be able to replace it as easily as say, an external? If he opened the battery cover himself and found it, the warranty would be void. Why would the warranty be void on a bloody battery replacement? Why should I have to take a phone to an "authorized repair agent" just for a new battery? That's complete crap. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone is a good phone but the non-removeable battery, glass exterior and small screen are definitely worthy things to get worked up about. Unlike, for example, people getting worked up about Retina displays.
    
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