On Wednesday an Arizona teen tweeted a video of her iPhone 7 Plus smoldering in its thick plastic case after it apparently exploded. Apple is “looking into it,” according to a company spokesperson.
“Dude, what the fuck?” Brianna Olivas, 18, softly exclaimed, her phone teeming with smoke in a video taken by her boyfriend Wednesday morning. “Are you fucking serious right now?”
Olivas told Gizmodo that the day before the explosion, she went to the Sprint store (where she had purchased her phone in January) because it wouldn’t turn on. She explained the Sprint employee said her phone “looked weird when it turned on,” but after running diagnostics concluded everything was fine. It wasn’t.
Olivas said that her phone was working normally until the next morning when her boyfriend took her phone off the (Apple) charger and put it on her dresser. Then, in her own words (emphasis ours):
I was asleep with my phone charging next to my head, my boyfriend grabbed the phone and put it on the dresser. He went to the restroom ... and from the corner of his eye he saw my phone steaming and [heard] a squealing noise. By the time he got over to the phone it had already caught fire, he quickly grabbed the phone and threw it in the restroom ... as soon as he threw [it] in the restroom, it blew up and more smoke started coming out of the phone.
The teen said that Apple immediately replaced her phone, and is currently running tests to figure out exactly what went kaboom. An Apple spokesperson told Gizmodo, “We are in touch with the customer and looking into it.”
Olivas noted that the Apple Store Genius who examined her broken phone said he had “never seen anything like this.” But there might be some Apple execs tossing and turning tonight, drenched in sweat, haunted by nightmares of exploding Galaxy Note 7s transmogrifying into iPhones.