A number of new iPhone 6 owners have apparently ruined their expensive devices by falling for the latest hoax sweeping social media.
Someone is claiming the software that comes installed on Apple's new gadgets contains a hidden feature which allows wireless charging in any standard kitchen microwave.
The hoax, which is making its way around social media and in forums including Reddit, 4chan and the photo hosting site Imgur, calls the fictitious feature "wave" and even includes a quasi-scientific explanation of how it works.
“iOS8 contains new drivers that interface with your device’s radio-baseband allowing it to synchronize with microwave frequencies and use them to recharge your battery," reads the ad. "[Y]ou can now wave-charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half."
The Internet flyer was also cleverly created to mimic Apple's iconic minimalist styling making it appear nearly authentic:
This viral hoax has gullible Apple fans zapping their valuable gadgets. Photo Credit: IMGUR
At least a handful of Apple users turned to Twitter to complain the "wave" feature was not working and to share the aftermath of their mistake in pictures of charred iPhones, and small kitchen fires.
USE WAVE THEY SAID. IT'LL CHARGE YOUR IPHONE IN THE MICROWAVE THEY SAID. pic.twitter.com/DJspCShhJq— jadaa (@iPunchhBabiies)September 18, 2014
...just in case any of y'all are as gullible as me, DO NOT MICROWAVE YOUR IPHONE pic.twitter.com/TV1JKtT7hQ— lorena terroba (@lore1306) September 18, 2014
The hoax is similar to another one introduced by Internet trolls when Apple rolled out its iOS7 platform last year. That version tried to convince users their updated phones were waterproof.
"In an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off you the phone's power supply, and corresponding, component to prevent any damage to your iPhone's delicate circuitry read the hoax.
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