iPhone 4 Catches Fire, Burns Hand And Melts Cable

Apple is already having lots of problems due to the antenna issue and now BGR is reporting that a very close AT&T sources have sent them some images of the latest iPhone 4. You may think what’s so exciting in that! But the shocking part is that, those are not the unboxing images of the latest iPhone, but those images shows the iPhone 4 in a miserable condition. Just have a look at the image below.

iphone4 fire

This image shows the burned iPhone 4 and the melted USB port. According to BGR, an iPhone 4 customer stepped into an AT&T store with the iPhone that caught fire. The customer said that the phone caught fire when he tried to connect it to his computer to sync using the Apple USB cable. The fire damaged the phone, USB port as well as burned his hand.

One of our very close AT&T sources just sent us in these images. Apparently a customer brought the phone into the store to try and get help with it, although it’s pretty evident that the phone is unrepairable. It’s the first time our guy has seen this happen (us too), but the brand new iPhone 4 caught on fire while being hooked up to a computer using the Apple USB cable that accompanied the device. The customer wanted to exchange the iPhone — obviously — for a new, non-charred unit however the AT&T store in question was out of stock.

To learn more, head over to this post at BGR.

Apple’s Solution to Proximity Sensor Woes: Close the Window and Clean Your Ear!

Apple-iPhone All the hoopla surrounding the iPhone 4 antenna issues have drawn attention away from another problem numerous iPhone 4 users have been facing – the unpredictable proximity sensor. When TUAW‘s Aron Trimble experienced problems with his proximity sensor he decided to seek help from the Apple Store’s Genius Bar.

The designated genius at the Apple Store brushed aside Trimble’s complaint and suggested that he should simply try closing the window. According to the Apple employee, the proximity sensor in the iPhone 4 can be triggered by the extra ambient light bouncing around the caller’s ear.

So, now you have a phone that requires you to develop a special grip to make calls, clean your ears and stay in a dark environment! Steve Jobs’ you’re holding it wrong remark was callous. But, this definitely takes the cake.

Apple Bans Rogue Developer: Confirms iTunes Fraud

Apple Apple has finally stepped in to put an end to the increasing incidents of fraudulent purchases in the iTunes App Store. Last week, we reported that someone called Thuat Nguyen was purchasing his own applications using hacked iTunes accounts. In fact, apps developed by Nguyen managed to claim 42 of the top 50 spots in the App Store rankings for the Books category.

Apple has now banned Thuat Nguyen and issued the following statement to Engadget:

The developer Thuat Nguyen and his apps were removed from the App Store for violating the developer Program License Agreement, including fraudulent purchase patterns.

Developers do not receive any iTunes confidential customer data when an app is downloaded.

If your credit card or iTunes password is stolen and used on iTunes we recommend that you contact your financial institution and inquire about canceling the card and issuing a chargeback for any unauthorized transactions. We also recommend that you change your iTunes account password immediately. For more information on best practices for password security visit http://www.apple.com/support/itunes.

According to Clayton Morris, about four hundred iTunes accounts were compromised. Apple’s statement indicates that the hacking resulted out of callousness on the part of the user and not due some inherent vulnerability in iTunes. Nevertheless, Apple will be beefing up its security measures to make it harder for hacked accounts to be exploited.

Jailbreak iOS 4 on iPhone 3GS And iPod Touch 2G/3G With sn0wbreeze 1.7

iH8sn0w has just released a new version of the Sn0wbreeze jailbreaking application. We had told you yesterday that a new version of the Sn0wbreeze application is expected to be released today. The Sn0wbreeze 1.7ios4_logo application now supports iPhone 3GS based on older as well as newer bootroms, along with iPod Touch 2G (MC and non-MC models) and the iPod Touch 3G.

Sn0wbreeze v1.7 is the first jailbreaking application to support iPhone 3GS based on newer bootroms. However, these newer bootroms based iPhone 3GS must be running on iOS 3.1.2 or must have their iOS 3.1.2 SHSH blobs saved. Without either of these, users will not be able to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS on iOS4.

In addition, this jailbreak will be a tethered one, which means users need to connect their iPhone to a PC, whenever they turn it off, to turn it back on. Readers can find the step-by-step guide to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS here.

iTunes Accounts Hacked – Several Users Report Fraudulent Purchases

AppleA little while ago, YouTube was hacked and exploited on a large scale. Unfortunately, YouTube is not the only major service to fall prey to hackers. Two iPhone application developers have uncovered what appears to be a widespread hacking of the iTunes App Store.

Patrick Thomson, the developer of the QuickReader iPhone application, was the first to notice that something was amiss, when his app was displaced in the rankings by numerous suspicious looking Vietnamese manga apps.


It appears that someone going by the name Thuat Nguyen managed to hack into people’s accounts and buy his own apps to push them up the app store rankings. The scale of the attack, as well as the methodology used isn’t known. However, the number of people who have been compromised is definitely significant. This particular thread on MacRumors forum paints a worrisome picture. Several users have been charged hundreds of dollars for purchases they never made. To make matters worse, Apple’s customer care isn’t being very helpful either.

If you have associated a credit/debit card with your iTunes account, you should immediately check your recent purchase history and remove your card from your iTunes profile.

Image Courtesy: Alex Brie

iOS 4 Is a Battery Drain For Older iPhone/iPod Touch

I had written a post before was officially released talking about how was a battery drain and whether or not you should upgrade to it. However, I did upgrade to iOS 4 and found it to be good feature wise. I have now been using the device for a couple of weeks and was disappointed with the battery performance after the switch.

iOS 4 Logo

Though iOS 4 has brought in a lot of nice changes like Folders and Multitasking, it also uses up battery pretty quickly even when the device is not being used. In my tests so far, the device holds up strictly OK and has a battery life of 7-8 hours in idle mode and approximately 3-4 hours with moderate use on an 3G. If you decide to play games or use heavy apps, the battery gets drained pretty quickly.

Now here is the problem, during the above tests, most of the apps I was using were not multitasking capable. With several apps already making use of the new multitasking feature, those numbers will go down even further.

Another problem I saw with my tests was that, if I left my device with 75%-80% battery overnight, the battery would run out in the morning. This is truly a pain since before the iPod Touch would run without  charge for 4-5 days. Now, I have to always remember to plug the device into the charging unit before I sleep. Also with heavy usage I have to usually keep the iPod Touch plugged into the charging unit.

This is definitely disappointing and like I had said it was something I had expected. You might see the same problem on an older . So if you want to use iOS4 you are better off doing it on an which has better battery life and was created specifically for iOS 4 features.

Mozilla Submits Firefox Home to Apple for Review

Firefox for iPhone is still farsighted but what is not, is the Firefox Home project. The project recently made its first approach to Apple and Mozilla has submitted the Firefox Home application to Apple for a review. There are high hopes for the app and it will enter the app store.

If you are left wondering as to what Firefox Home is all about, see the coverage we did earlier.

Firefox home is a browsing session syncing application for the iPhone OS. This app is based on Firefox Sync and allows access to the last browsing history, bookmarks and the set of tabs. This serves as an excellent session manager for web browsing and the fact that it is available anywhere makes you feel at home, so the name.

Firefox Home uses WebKit, the base for Safari web browser already present in the iPhone. Clearly, this is not a competition to Apple’s Safari web browser and Apple will not shed it as it did earlier with other browsers. Apart from that, Firefox home will open all web links into the Safari browser and will act only as a syncing and a session management tool.

Apple is yet to confirm this inclusion.


How To Use iPhone 4 FaceTime Without WiFi Connection

The new was released earlier this month with a new feature called FaceTime which allows for video calls on the iPhone. However, FaceTime was only designed to work between two 4 on a WiFi network. This means that you cannot use FaceTime when you are on a 3G network.

But hold on, there is a way to use FaceTime without having a WiFi connection. To use FaceTime without a WiFi you will have to subscribe to AT&T internet tethering service, which will cost you around $15 extra every month.

Once you have enabled this service, you can follow the steps below, courtesy of the DeviceKnit blog.

Step 1: Turn on tethering in Settings > General > Network > Internet Tethering on your iPhone 4 and connect it via USB. You’ll see a new iPhone USBconnection option pop up in the Network preference pane in System Preferences:

iPhone USB Connection

Step 2: Go to the Sharing preference pane, and turn on Internet Sharing to share your USB connection over WiFi/AirPort.

iPhone 4 Wifi Tethering

Now connect to the new connection you just created instead of using your iPhone 4 3G connection and you can use FaceTime on the go. The only downside to this trick is that you will have to have a laptop handy and pay $15 extra every month. If you don’t want to do that, an iPhone jailbreak for iPhone 4 might solve all your problems.

(Image Credits: DeviceKnit)

Google Docs Viewer For Android, iPhone and iPad

Google has released a version of their Viewer with support for mobile devices including , and the .

Google Docs Mobile Viewer

The new mobile docs viewer allows users to view PDF files, .ppt, .doc and .docx from your Google Docs account on compatible mobile devices. It also supports pinch to zoom in or out on the iPhone, and iPad.

To view the new mobile docs viewer, just visit docs.google.com on your Android, iPhone or iPad and open any previous documents you have uploaded. More info at the Official Google Mobile blog.

Is Apple Readying a Fix For the iPhone 4 Signal Problem?

Much has been said and written about the iPhone 4’s death grip. Much to the chagrin of left-handed iPhone users, if you grip a particular spot on the bottom left corner of the iPhone, there is a considerable loss in signal quality, which may even lead to calls being dropped.

Until now, Apple and Steve Job’s stance was that simply don’t hold the phone in that way. Here is the official statement issued by Apple:

Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.


Now, MacRumors is reporting that when a reader e-mailed Jobs about the antenna issue, Steve Jobs replied, “There are no reception issues. Stay Tuned”. As always, it’s not really clear as to what Steve Jobs is really trying to say. However, a fair interpretation might be that the signal problem is a software issue, which will be fixed soon. In fact, AppleInsider believes that an update will released as early as Monday to remedy the situation.