Running a beta release of iOS on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch comes with a very specific set of possible problems, ranging from poor battery life, to potential software conflicts, to things just plain not working.

One possible issue that we’ve not really considered before is the chance of an iPhone actually settings itself on fire. And that’s apparently what’s happened to one iOS developer’s handset.

Or, his charging cord, at least….

iOS developer, Gus Pinto, tweeted out a rather jarring message yesterday, claiming that his iPhone’s charging cable had been ablaze while plugged into his iPhone 4 – an iPhone 4 running Apple’s iOS 5 beta. Thankfully, he managed to put it out before any serious damage was caused to his iPhone, or, you know, himself.

As if he already knew the skeptical world of Twitter might need a little proof, Gus tweeted the above photo to show off the scorched and charred remains of his brand new charging cable, the same one supplied with his iPhone 4. No cheap Chinese knock-off here.

While we’ve heard numerous reports of iPhones running a little hot while testing out a beta release of iOS (we’ve observed the same on our own hardware) this is, thankfully, the first time we’ve heard reports of anything getting warm enough to catch on fire.

Of course, there is no proof that the fire was indeed related to beta software. Perhaps the cord was already faulty? Perhaps Gus happens to live inside a furnace?

While we wouldn’t suggest sitting your iPhones in a bucket of ice when charging, it might be worth just keeping an eye on the charging process, at least until iOS 5 is finished by the boys in Cupertino.

Does your iDevice get a little toasty while using the iOS 5 beta?

  • BLiNK

    Sweet! gonna give this a try today!

  • Dick Fontaine

    I WAS running iOS 5and I thought my charging cable seemed excessively warm too, but I thought it was just my imagination, maybe it wasn’t after all

  • Jason

    holy.. fail.

  • ras

    apple FAIL

  • Wonkieinc

    Wow. Now that is REALLY fail

  • Matt

    I have trouble understanding how a cable that just runs a current through it can be affected by software on the device it is charging? if the phone exploded then fair enough, but the charger is independent and just runs the current through surely?

    • Cameron

      The software will proably been asking the USB cord for to much power and the result…

      • BoNzY

        iPhone charger has an output voltage of 5v. I’m pretty sure a device can’t ask for more :/

  • BLiNK

    in all honesty, my phone and cord always get warm when charging no matter the OS

    • Kurt

      um, thanks for being honest?

  • i have no problems on my iPhone 4 with iOS 5. It charges normal even syncs while its doing it.

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  • Sid

    Apple sucks……..

    • Chris

      Good feedback, Sid! Original and informative.

    • Julian

      Why do you visite iPhone Doenload Blog if you think Appke sucks?

      • AT0M!X

        I think he said this for only this time…

  • Abdul abaca

    I think apple knows about this overheating problem that’s why there releasing wifisync now do you understand.

    • Burge

      And how do you charge it … ..lmao..

    • Julian

      But you can’t charge over Wi-Fi…

      • AT0M!X

        It would be funny!
        You suck half of the power of the router for your iPhone and the Wi-Fi get slow! x)

  • Omarjk13

    my ipod touch for and 3gs get hot when charging ios 5 only.

  • Apple is working on wireless charging you just have to weight plus get the charging case from enigizer that charges your iPhone by placing it on or near the charging station.

  • Probably left it charging overnight.

    • AT0M!X

      That’s an idea but my iP4 and iT4 does not heat in anyways.

  • msxy

    @every one
    @Matt
    loll common every IT or maybe users knows that it depends on what the developer is running on that ios . ex: on my laptop i used something named gns3 it’s an emulator of Cisco ios but it use lot of ram and CPU so i bought 4 charger they exploded 4 times. and i swear that i am not lying at you guys. and if it’s the ios why all of us who have beta ios working fine???? U said that he is a developer …..

    thx

    • You can’t use @ mentions on a wordpress blog 🙂

      • msxy

        never mind

  • msxy

    sorry for this expression (4 charger they exploded 4 times) all of them exploded

    • Matt

      Maybe all four of them exploded for times each :p

  • Yellow

    Huh, my cable has never gotten warm before. My iPod Touch, sure, but never the cable.

  • John

    havnt noticed my iphone 4 or cable getting warm while running the beta for the past couple weeks

  • techno

    awesome wana do that then thank apple for making an awesome ios

  • john

    has anyone noticed the bottom left rightback of the IPAD2 (where the magnets of the cover are) getting warmed up after jailbreaking and using it?

  • someone

    someone check with a thermometer

  • Mjlyco

    Maybe he was writing an app that calculates pi and left it running all night.

  • MrEcho

    Looks like rust damage to me. And there is water spots on the cable, not burn marks.

    • Johndoe

      Never become a fire inspector please!

  • Eric

    The future of wireless power transmission seems to be very promising. Several venture capital backed firms are testing another form of wireless power transmission known as resonant magnetic induction. This technology, also known as “near field wireless transmission of electrical energy” can achieve transmission at greater distances. Preliminary testing has shown that the base station’s oscillating magnetic field can be coupled with devices 1-3 meters away. In layman’s terms, a base station emitting the magnetic field can charge multiple devices when they are simply within the 1-3 meter radius. Once the range has been extended, which this 2007 study from MIT demonstrates is possible, theoretically, each home will have a large wireless generator, similar to a water heating tank, to have perpetual charging of all electronic devices.

  • Eric

    The future of wireless power transmission seems to be very promising. Several venture capital backed firms are testing another form of wireless power transmission known as resonant magnetic induction. This technology, also known as “near field wireless transmission of electrical energy” can achieve transmission at greater distances. Preliminary testing has shown that the base station’s oscillating magnetic field can be coupled with devices 1-3 meters away. In layman’s terms, a base station emitting the magnetic field can charge multiple devices when they are simply within the 1-3 meter radius. Once the range has been extended, which this 2007 study from MIT demonstrates is possible, theoretically, each home will have a large wireless generator

  • I have had the same problem and when I went to the apple store they disbelieved me. I need to post some photos. It almost caused a fire in my flat