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Briefly: iPhone in-flight smoking cause, iPad Mini Survey

updated 05:30 pm EDT, Fri May 4, 2012

Cause of smoking iPhone on flight revealed in investigation

An iPhone that started smoking on a flight to Sydney last November has been explained. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau conducted the investigation and found that a misplaced screw within the handset had punctured the battery casing. The resulting short circuit caused the battery to overheat and start smoking. According to the ATSB, the screw was misplaced by an unauthorized service center during a screen replacement. Although no one was hurt during the flight from the faulty handset, the chief comissioner of the ATSB, Martin Dolan, warned passengers to carry electronic devices in the cabin and to not store them with checked-in baggage.

Survey: Half of US online shoppers would consider iPad Mini purchase

A recent survey based on the iPad Mini rumor suggests that more than half of potential users would consider buying one this year. A survey by PriceGrabber in late April asked 2,600 US online shoppers if they would think about purchasing a 7-inch iPad Mini if it were to be released this year for $250 to $300, to which 52 percent said they would. Of those answering in the positive, 64 percent stated the lower price-point compared to a full-size iPad as a reason to buy the potential product, with 54 percent acknowledging the portability from the smaller size.
Eighty-four percent of all respondents surveyed hope the iPad Mini would have a reduced price, and half the group said they would consider giving the device as a gift in the holiday season if it is released in advance of that period.

Smoking iPhone from Australian flight

By Electronista Staff


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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Now seriously,

    Who in their right mind would even consider a unauthorized service center when Apple Care delivers so much for so little.
    Obviously the hardware maker will know how to best service their own device.
    But maybe the culprit here is of the unscrupulous factory workers that supply supposedly legit Apple hardware.
    Those Foxconn workers defrauding their own company deserve whatever comes their way.

  1. apostle

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    Joined: Apr 2008


    iPad Mini already in production...

    it's called an iPhone.


  1. b9bot

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2008


    Warn them of cheap service

    Warn them of doing business with cheap unauthorized service providers that have untrained employees trying to repair devices they no nothing about! If the device was serviced properly that would not have happened at all.

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