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The EU and iPhones "exploded": "we could stop the sale"

The European Union warns Apple: if it is discovered that there is a constructive flaw behind the mysterious 'explosions' of the iPhone and iPod touch that are reported in some countries of the Old Continent, the sale of the devices will be prohibited. The warning arrived yesterday and bears the signature of Meglena Kuneva, Brussels Commissioner for Consumer Protection.

Kuneva, who had already had the opportunity to express herself on Apple's policies by launching threatening proclamations at the time of the case, then deflated for the release of the songs from the DRM, of the restrictions on the use of iTunes music, referred to reports from France, Germany and the United Kingdom. 'We are checking with the help of specialized laboratories if it is a problem with the phones, batteries or if it is a bad use of the device. We must be certain from a member state that these products are dangerous. But if I receive a report from the French authorities in this regard, I will act in the interest of consumers ".

Kuneva's words as reported by the agencies do not allow us to realize what kind of problem the commissioner is referring to. According to what has been learned until yesterday, the main concern expressed by the French authorities concerned not "explosions" but the breakdown of the iPhone screens. Apple had already pointed out that all the iPhones that had manifested that problem had been subjected to strong pressure (perhaps because they were kept in their pockets or for other reasons to be investigated) which had undermined the structural resistance of the device. Herve Novelli, French minister, had confirmed what had been learned by the Apple company "according to which the breakages would have been caused by a blow suffered at an earlier stage", avoiding to pass on the blame to consumers.

The agency note written by AFP in which the Kuneva declarations are reported, refers to a formal response also forwarded to the European Union by Apple on August 14 when Cupertino would have specified that 'the explosion' would be the fault of the Lithium and that would be isolated cases. If this were the case, we would not be talking about the well-known story of the French iPhones, which Kuneva seems to refer to, but of other cases such as the burning of an iPhone on the seat of a car in the Netherlands or the famous 'explosion' in mid-air of a iPod touch launched from the window of a Liverpool house after the young owner had been suspiciously hissing. A Belgian boy who bears the very Italian name of Salvatore would instead have undergone the "implosion" (whatever it was intended using this term …) of his iPhone and if really the cases of real explosion and not breaking the screen are all here, it would be difficult to blame Apple for talking about isolated cases from tens of millions of devices sold.

We recall that in Italy the Turin prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello had summoned the CEO of Apple Italy Enzo Biagini on the sidelines of an investigation resulting from newspaper articles reporting the French cases and an unspecified "break of an iPhone screen" occurred in Tuscany.