iPhone 3G Dock Connector Bursts Into Flames

It’s been a while since we’ve heard about a serious safety hazard posed by an iPhone malfunction, but another was recently reported. Tim Colbourne had the misfortune to have his iPhone burst into flames after leaving it plugged into his computer to charge. The exact cause of the malfunction is still unknown.

From his blog:

“The fire started in the space between the lead and the phone, and resulted in a couple of pins fusing together. Although the main functions of the phone are apparently unaffected, the device won’t connect to the PC which means I can neither charge it nor transfer data. Result: one dead iPhone.”

He did some looking around for reports of other similar incidents, but found little other than one user’s story on a Swedish website from August 2008. Hopefully that means it’s an isolated incidence. That said, if you’re iPhone does happen to suddenly combust, now you know you’re not alone.

Close-up (click to view):

[via Cult of Mac]

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