Batteries that explode are unusual, unfortunately, and as the people at Samsung will assert, when it comes to high capacity batteries placed in smartphones, all bets are off. Apple is no stranger to battery malfunction, and so many people are installing the iPhone now thanks to the persistence made by Apple's decision to strangle iPhone performance with old batteries, we heard some that have been lost during the process.
It seems that one iPhone battery, unfortunately, started smoking at the Hong Kong Apple Store, with emergency personnel required to attend.
According to a report in the South China Morning Post, "emergency personnel were sent to an outlet at the International Financial Center's mall on Harbor View Road, Central after a police report was made at 12:07." A police spokeswoman, commenting on the incident, said that "the two staff members are repairing cell phone batteries while emitting smoke.These couples complain of feeling unwell after inhaling the smoke."
Thankfully, the store did not need to be evacuated during the ordeal, with shopkeepers apparently able to extinguish the smoke source before emergency services arrived at the scene. Apple, not surprisingly, played down the incident, saying that "it was a small incident." The store quickly resumed normal operation and no customers were affected.
Apple offers a 75% reduction in the price of new iPhone batteries for those affected by the company's decision to limit the speed of their iPhone due to poor battery quality or age. The offer is great for iPhone 6 and new devices and runs throughout 2018.