iPhone 5C Catches Fire, Gives Teen Second-Degree Burns During Class
Apple's new iPhone 5C has largely been deemed a failure after posting disappointing sales, with rumors suggesting the smartphone could even be discontinued. The latest report involving the colorful smartphone certainly won't aid sales, either.
A Maine teenager suffered second-degree burns Friday when her iPhone 5C caught on fire while she was in class.
The smartphone, which was in the girl's back pocket, burned her thigh and back. Classmates reported hearing a pop sound before smoke started rising from the 14-year-old's pants. The teen quickly removed her pants to prevent further injury while the boys in the class were ushered into the hallway, according to The Daily Mail.
"She knew right away something was wrong and, in a panic, knew her pants were on fire caused by the cell phone," the school's principal, Jeff Rodman, told the Morning Sentinel.
"It was sensitive. She knew she was kind of in a tough situation," Rodman added.
The girl's mother bought her the green iPhone 5C two months ago. It is unknown what caused the girl's phone to overheat.
More on the iPhone 5C
The iPhone 5S may be Apple's heavyweight competitor to the Galaxy S4, but according to new data, the smartphone's colorful companion has assumed its own loyal following—women.
On his blog, Benedict Evans snagged numbers from Facebook's ad platform to break down the sales of the 5C, discovering that twice as many women have purchased the smartphone than men. In comparison, data for the flagship iPhone 5S showed equal numbers of male and female owners.
While no conclusions were posted with the data, the 2:1 discrepancy between the sexes is certainly noteworthy and is likely an indication that Apple's marketing scheme for the 5C is directed toward finding female owners for the smartphone.
The colorful iPhone 5C has been revealed to cost between $173 and $183 to build after $7 worth of assembly. In comparison, the 16GB variant of the iPhone 5S costs Apple $199, with the 64GB option at $218 itself. The cost breakdown was completed by IHS "during a device teardown," according to CNET. IHS claims that it costs Apple $8 to assemble the 5S units, with the rest of the cost going to its parts.
The IHS report also adds that Apple's displays are the most expensive piece at $41.