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The strange case of the exploding iPhones - updated!

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Earlier this week, it was announced that Apple was collaborating with the EU to look into the incidents. These followed a string of reported accidents in France, Britain, Holland and Sweden.

Now a second iPhone has performed its spontaneous combustion act in France – leaving victim Yassine Bouhadi in what could have been a pretty sticky situation.

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He told Pocket Lint: "I was texting my girlfriend like I do every day when the phone made a noise like 'schplok'. A little bit of screen hit me in the eye and I had to remove it with a tweezer."

Apple has yet to come to any conclusions about the phenomenon. But as soon as we hear anything, you’ll be the first to know.

UPDATE

Fake iPhones to blame for combustion phenomenon?

Speculation is mounting that the spate of exploding iPhones could be down to illict foreign copies of Apple’s all-conquering mobile phone.

The theory stems from Australian media reports that up to 10,000 fake iPhones have been smuggled into the country from China. The news is being taken seriously enough for the nation’s customs officials to investigate.

Not unreasonably, it’s now being supposed that fake iPhones could have found their way to Europe – and that these, rather than official versions, are the ones that are making like the Human Torch every few days or so.

Apple has yet to make a statement about the fake phones. But as ever, as soon as we hear anything, we’ll be sure to update you.

UPDATE 2

‘Exploding’ iPhones have been caused by external forces, according to a cryptic statement from manufacturer Apple.

Following a number of reported incidents of faulty iPhones, the Cupertino-based company has begun its investigation into the matter. However, in a statement it appeared to blame the problems on misuse on the part of the owner.

The statement read: "To date, there are no confirmed battery overheating incidents for iPhone 3GS and the number of reports we are investigating is in the single digits."

"The iPhones with broken glass that we have analysed to date show that in all cases the glass cracked due to an external force that was applied to the iPhone."

Whether the EC, which is also looking into the complaints, will agree with Apple’s initial assessment is a different matter.

Tune in for updates on this breaking story as and when we hear about them.

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