Last week, an incident took place at a Vodafone retail store in Canberra, Australia, where it was reported that an iPad Air device burst into flames and filled the store with smoke. Today, Vodafone has confirmed that the iPad in question was not an iPad Air, but rather an older model (via Mashable).
“It was an earlier generation iPad with Retina display model — not one of the more recently launched devices. Apple is investigating the cause,” a Vodafone Australia spokesperson told Mashable.
Another Vodafone Australia representative offered similar insight into the incident as the first. “Can confirm it was not an Air; all I know it was a Retina model, so a 3 or 4,” the spokesperson said. “ Apple has taken the device for investigation, so we won’t know any more until they do. Apple has taken the device for investigation, so we won’t know any more until they do.”
The original report from last week had claimed that the flames appeared from the charging port of an exposed iPad Air device. No customers or staff members were injured during the incident, but it was enough to see firemen rushing into the store to put out the fire. However, today’s information confirms that those interested in purchasing Apple’s latest tablet should not be concerned.
The all new iPad Air was launched on October 22nd, that went on sale on the 1st of November.