New Apple "Wave" hoax convinces users to microwave their iPhones

People are falling victim to a new hoax that claims microwaving your iPhone will make it charge up nearly instantly.

In reality, microwaving your phone will destroy the expensive device. It can also cause a fire or explosion.

The Los Angeles Police Department issued a warning about the hoax on its Twitter account:

    "This #Wave capability is a #hoax. Don't be fooled into microwaving your #iPhone6. #Apple #Smartphone."

The hoax claims Apple's most recent software, iOS8, has a new feature called "Wave." The hoax claims the fake feature can full charge your phone by nuking it for 60 seconds at 700W or 70 seconds at 800W.

The fake ad does warn that you shouldn't charge your phone in the microwave for more than 300 seconds, but even that is well past the point where your phone would be destroyed.

People have fallen victim to the hoax, posting pictures of their now damaged phones on Twitter.


Firefighters and police are now warning everyone to keep their phones out of the microwave.

"No metal object should ever be placed in the microwave," Brian Humphrey with the Los Angeles Fire Department told the Los Angeles Times. "Even a little tin foil can cause a fire, so that much metal from a phone could lead to some manner of explosion."
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