A hoax that went viral, claiming that with the newly released iOS 8 update, users could charge their iPhone by putting it in the microwave, has claimed the lives of multiple iPhones around the world. In case you couldn’t guess, putting your electronic device in your microwave is not the best idea.
Resembling that of an official Apple advert, the “Wave” hoax suggested that Wave “allows your device to be charged wirelessly through microwave frequencies” and told users to place it in the microwave for “a minute and a half“.
— Chas Funderburk (@WilyCharlemagne) September 18, 2014
While many saw the humour in the joke, soon after the hoax went viral, pictures started appearing on Twitter of users with exploded iPhones as a result of trying out this supposed “Wave” microwave-charging feature.
— rizarul azim (@rizarul) September 22, 2014
According to Australian news site Herald Sun, it is believed that the hoax was the brain-child of 4chan users. 4chan is a popular discussion forum/bulletin board where almost anything considered a hot topic is discussed amongst it’s users.
We’re not quite sure what to make of these tweets. Could someone genuinely believe that their iPhone would charge when placed in the microwave? Or has this elaborate hoax become even more elaborate, and users are playing along. Either way, whatever you do, do not place your iPhone in the microwave.Share This: