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article imageViral Internet hoax prompts users to microwave iPhone 6

By Greta McClain     Sep 25, 2014 in Technology
A hoax involving an iPhone 6 software update is going viral, and costing scores of users not only their phones, but their microwaves as well.
Apple announced the release of the iOS 8 update on September 17th, which touted new features such as tie-ins with OS X software and iCloud, new predictive keyboard enhancements and new applications. One addition not mentioned in the release notes was the "Wave" feature.
On Friday, an advertisement for the "Wave" began circulating on Imgur, Twitter and other social media outlets.
iOS 8  Wave  function advertisement
iOS 8 "Wave" function advertisement
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The ad tells users they can now charge their iPhone 6 wirelessly through microwave frequencies. It goes on to say users can simply place their phone in a common household microwave for 90 seconds and the battery will be full charged.
According to Mashable, the ad is the brainchild of 4chan, an imageboard website that allows users to post anonymously. The fake ad appears to be a Photoshopped version of the original Apple ad, which may be the reason so many users have actually fallen for the hoax.
Perhaps the only thing going viral more than the fake ad are photos and videos of people who have attempted to charge their iPhone 6 in the microwave. A search of YouTube turns up numerous videos of users testing the new "feature." Photos of phones after they have been microwaved are appearing on Twitter, and there is even an iOS 8 Wave Charging Facebook page.
Results of placing an iPhone 6 in the microwave
Results of placing an iPhone 6 in the microwave
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Twitter photo showing what happens when an iPhone 6 is put in the microwave
Twitter photo showing what happens when an iPhone 6 is put in the microwave
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So many people have fallen victim to the hoax, the Los Angeles Police Department has gotten involved. On Wednesday, the department issued a warning on their Twitter page, saying:
"This #Wave capability is a #hoax. Don't be fooled into microwaving your #iPhone6."
LAPD tweet warning of the iOS 8 Wave hoax
LAPD tweet warning of the iOS 8 Wave hoax
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Officials are worried that users attempting to charge their phone in the microwave could become seriously injured, or could suffer substantial property damage due to fire. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman, Brian Humphrey, told the New York Times:
"No metal object should ever be placed in the microwave. Even a little tin foil can cause a fire, so that much metal from a phone could lead to some manner of explosion."
iPhone 6 users, please, step away from the microwave so no one gets hurt.
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