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Belgian boy's iPhone 'explodes'

'The screen went completely black'

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After a spate of incidents in France, a 15-year-old Belgium boy today claimed he too has suffered at the hands of an allegedly exploding iPhone.

So far there have been 11 reported cases of European iPhone screens which have spontaneously done crazy paving impersonations or - in a few extreme cases - suddenly shattered. All 11 took place in France.

Today, Belgian website De Redactie related the case of one Salvatore from Liege who claimed his iPhone exploded in his hand as he was making a call.

"Happily, the explosion happened inside [the phone]," he said.

The phone's display was left "completely black", Salvatore said. His hand suffered no harm, he said, but he suffered from headaches for some days afterward.

It's not clear when the incident is alleged to have taken place, but the boy told the paper Apple has offered him a replacement handset if he sent his damaged phone back.

Meanwhile, Herve Novelli, France’s consumer affairs minister, will hold talks with Apple France's chief to discuss the spate of exploding-iPhone reports, Reuters has said.

Apple has already launched its own investigation, but won't comment further until the damaged iPhones have been returned for analysis. So far, it has maintained the incidents are "isolated". ®

James Sherwood contributed to this report

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