Another iPhone has caught fire, this time while the device was in the owner’s bedroom. According to Yvette Estrada, via ABC30, her iPhone 6 Plus burst into flames while sitting on a dresser, causing damage to two Apple Watch stands and a pair of reading glasses. This is the second reported iPhone fire in a week.
“I heard a sizzling, then we heard the pop and the whole fire was coming out of the screen,” Estrada told ABC30.
To put the fire out, Estrada’s husband threw the iPhone in a sink. The couple then called 911.
Estrada said she has been in contact with Apple, and the company has replaced her iPhone 6 Plus and offered her a new Apple Watch stand. (Apparently, Estrada was informed she’d need to pay for an iPhone 7 if she wanted to upgrade.)
Firefighters who showed up at the scene claim the iPhone was faulty but it’s unclear what specifically malfunctioned with the device. The iPhone of another owner, Darin Hlavaty, also exploded this week while the handset was in his back pocket.
Samsung has encountered a similar situation with the Galaxy Note 7 this week. Following September’s recall, a supposedly “safe” unit caught fire while the owner was boarding an airplane. A recent Bloomberg report claims the incident could lead to a second recall.
The content of messages exchanged using Apple’s iMessage platform is presumably encrypted and safe from the Cupertino company’s grasp. Who you talk with, on the other hand, is apparently fair game.
A report from The Intercept claims Apple keeps a log of phone numbers that are input to iMessage, information of which could potentially be shared with law enforcement should a court order be obtained. Apple responded to the report by confirming it keeps logs for 30 days.
The report claims when numbers are input to iMessage, Apple’s servers are contacted in order to determine whether a message should be sent using SMS or over Apple’s proprietary platform.
“Apple records each query in which your phone calls home to see who’s in the iMessage system and who’s not,” said The Intercept’s Sam Biddle, citing a document obtained by the website.
The data kept by Apple allegedly includes the date and time when a number was entered into your device, along with your IP address, according to the report. This data could potentially provide information on your location.
Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime are both protected by end-to-end encryption, which means nobody but the sender and receiver can read them. However, Apple is privy to who you may be talking with, which could be valuable information in the eyes of the law.
Check out The Intercept’s full report for the possible implications of these data logs and how law enforcement is educating employees on how to obtain this information through court orders.