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Damaged iPhone 5 reportedly explodes, injures woman's eye

A Chinese woman tells the local news that her phone heated up and exploded at the end of a 40 minute call, sending shrapnel from a damaged corner of the screen flying.

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I'm pretty sure this is not what Apple means by "Retina Display." A Chinese woman came close to losing her eyesight when her iPhone 5 reportedly exploded in her hand and a piece of the resulting shrapnel flew into her eye and scratched her cornea, according to a local news account.

The woman, who is referred to by her last name, Li, told the Dalian Evening News that the year-old iPhone had been dropped and dented in the top right corner of the screen where it exploded. Li reported that she had been talking on the phone for 40 minutes when it grew warm against her cheek. She tried to end the call, but found the touch screen unresponsive, she said. It then exploded and Li was taken to the hospital, according to the report.

But before any Apple haters use this incident as ammo for iPhone bashing, let's not forget last month's incident in which a Hong Kong man claimed that an exploding Samsung Galaxy S4 burned down his house.

Both destructive phone explosions came after the even more tragic incident of a Chinese woman who was fatally electrocuted while answering a call on her iPhone -- a faulty third-party charger is believed to be the cause.

In Li's case, it's unclear if some sort of faulty or fake parts are to blame.

Apple's after-sales service department told the Da Lian Evening News the incident would require further investigation, but would likely not be covered under the product warranty. Li said she is not expecting any compensation from the company.

We've reached out to Apple seeking comment and confirmation. We'll update this post with the company's response.

Via: Business Insider