Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/19/ec_apple_question/

Eurocrats ask Apple to explain immolating iPhones

No smoke without fire - or one swallow doesn't make a spring?

By Tony Smith

Posted in Phones, 19th August 2009 09:49 GMT

The European Commission appears to have been taken in by the media hoopla over exploding iPhones, and has asked Apple to explain what's going on.

A Commission spokeswoman this week revealed that Apple has responded to this request. The company claimed the reported cases were "isolated incidents" and that it would investigate each of them as and when its engineers get their hands on the immolated i-devices.

So far, cases of allegedly exploding iPhones are few and far between. A French teenager recently claimed he was injured when his handset allegedly went up in smoke as he was talking into it. Other incidents appear to centre on devices that detonated during efforts to tinker with the gadget's innards, or with secondhand iPhones that make have been modified by earlier owners.

As with all Apple-related stories, this one appears to have achieved a degree of media attention that past stories of exploding Nokias, Sony Ericssons, Motorolas et al have not.

To be fair to the EC, since it oversees the safety of consumer products across 27 countries, it's reasonable for it to seek clarification from Apple. However, such a request is not a formal investigation, nor is it necessarily a prelude to one. ®