Florida man says his Apple AirPod exploded

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When listening to a song through his AirPods, he noticed what appeared to be smoke emanating from one of them.

The incident happened earlier this week when Jason Colon was working out at a local LA Fitness club in St. Petersburg, Fla. "And then I saw white smoke start billowing out", he said. He took off the earphone and left it atop a piece of gym equipment to seek help and once he returned, the earphone had exploded and was charred. While it's only one set in millions sold, it's going to get headlines just because it's an Apple product. Colon told the TV station that "It was already popped". You can see flame damage.

Though rattled from the whole experience, Colton insisted he's glad to have trusted his intuition and acted so quickly to remove the AirPods from his ears, admitting that "I don't know what would've happened to my ear, but I'm sure since it hangs down, it could've been [my] ear lobe. Earlobe could've been burnt". Last year, a woman reported that her headphones exploded while she was wearing them on a plane and of course there was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle in 2016.

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Again, the price is steep enough to put some people off, but we would argue $159 (£159) is not entirely unreasonable for high quality wireless headphones - AirPods are roughly in line with their rivals.

They're not flawless, but for a first generation product, they're pretty good. By throttling the phone, Apple has been extending the life of the device by avoiding unnecessary crashes - but whether having a phone that's incredibly slow is a worthwhile tradeoff for a more stable operation is questionable for many iPhone owners.

WFLA reached out to Apple after Colon told his story. "However, because our customers' safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7".

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