Apple blames iPhone battery fires on 'external factors'

Apple says it’s not to blame for a spate of iPhones apparently catching fire.

The Shanghai Consumer Council, a watchdog group in China, reported last week that eight iPhone 6 devices had spontaneously combusted. Apple’s response is that “external factors” were to blame for these “thermal events” with the phone batteries, the BBC reported Wednesday.

Batteries have been causing headaches for smartphone manufacturers over the past year. Apple recalled iPhone 6 and 6S models in China after they switched themselves off before the battery was depleted, while Samsung was forced to recall millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices due to their tendency to overheat and catch fire.

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