Did You Know Your iPhone 4 May Have a Self-Destruct Sequence?

Well okay, not really, but when your iPhone all of a sudden starts exuding deep, dense smoke and glowing red hot you may find yourself wondering when you joined MI-6, and if Tom Cruise is on his way in to save the day. Especially if you experienced some slight reception problems just before the thing went all red dwarf in your hand.

One guy aboard an Australian flight from Lismore to Sydney certainly go the shock of his life today; shortly after landing in Sydney, his phone began smoking and glowing, for no apparent reason. Immediately an aircrew attendant blasted the device with an extinguisher, but not before it caused serious alarm for both the iPhone's owner and the surrounding passengers and crew aboard the craft. Said the airline in question, "In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately and the red glow was extinguished successfully."

No one on the flight was injured in any way, but that wasn't enough to soothe the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, to whom reports of the incident have been duly submitted. Further, the iPhone 4 itself has been sent to the ATSB for further investigation.

It's been awhile since we've heard news of an iPhone commencing self-destruct operations; the 11 incidents in France in '09 where the European iPhone suddenly decided it was tired and needed to explode internally. According to the Wall Street Journal, an Apple spokeswoman announced that Apple is looking "forward to working with the officials investigating the incident."

Hopefully they find the cause of the iPhone 4's behavior soon; maybe they should ask Siri what happened.

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