Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 08:47 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Apple I think we just found out why we aren't hearing more stories of exploding and burning iPods. Ken Stanborough had to throw his daughter Ellie's iPod Touch outside, because it got too hot to hold, and he could see vapour. Within 30 seconds, he could see smoke, he heard a pop, and the Touch went 10ft into the air. After contacting Apple, the company denied liability, but offered a refund. However, Apple said that in accepting the money, Stanborough was not allowed to talk about the existence of the agreement - or else Apple would sue him. Update: Apple told Sky News Online that the letter with the gagging order is standard practice.

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RE: Throwing the device?
by DrillSgt on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 16:10 UTC in reply to "Throwing the device?"
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The actions of Apple are indefensible, but it has to be said that throwing the device might have contributed significantly to the subsequent explosion. Lithium ion cells don't take too kindly to impacts. Apple would try and show that the device would not have exploded had it not been thrown.

That would indicate faulty design. The iPod, as with the old Walkman tape players, are supposed to be designed to handle being dropped and impacts. The major purpose of devices like this is so you can work out, run/jog, play sports, etc while listening to your music. In other words, it should be able to withstand being dropped or tossed into the grass.

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