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Do NOT ‘Charge’ Your iPhone In The Microwave


The latest hoax circulating the Internet is about a fake iOS 8 microwaving feature, dubbed Wave, which some people have already fallen prey to, with stories coming out from the US about iPhones getting ‘cooked’ and blowing up.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) stressed in a Tuesday tweet that the Wave feature is, in fact, fake. “This #Wave capability is a #hoax. Don’t be fooled into microwaving your #iPhone6,” the department tweeted.

The Wave feature has been circulating on sites like 4chan. It advertises the ‘Next Big Thing’ which it says is an iOS 8 feature that lets you wirelessly charge your device using a microwave.

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“Wave will become automatically activated when you update to iOS 8,” the fake ad says. “You can now Wave-charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half.”

The ad continues, saying the iOS 8 has “new drivers that interface with your device’s radio-baseband allowing it to synchronize with microwave frequencies and use them to recharge your battery.”

A similar scam circulated last year, when a fake ad said that upgrading to iOS 7 made your device waterproof. 

The 6 Plus, however, does include a neat trick: bending. Some people who have stored the 5.5-inch device in their back pockets have noted that sitting on the gadget can bend and warp it. See our story here.