The Los Angeles Police Department took to social media this week to warn iPhone 6 owners of a new internet hoax falsely reporting that the new phones can be charged by putting them in the microwave.

The fake advertisement, which has made its way around the internet, tells users that the new iPhone has “wave” capabilities that allow it to charge wirelessly through a running microwave.

The hoax claims that the phone can be charged by setting the microwave timer to 1 minute, 30 seconds.

“This #Wave capability is a #hoax. Don’t be fooled into microwaving your #iPhone6,” LAPD tweeted on one of its accounts.

If it was not already obvious, putting a metal iPhone into a microwave can easily cause a fire, officials said.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey told the Los Angeles Times that microwaving an iPhone could even cause an explosion. Humphrey said that while microwave fires are common, his department hasn’t seen any iPhone-specific microwave fires.

John Schreiber,


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