Wave hoax claims that with iOS 8, iPhones can charge in the microwave.

Microwaves Don’t Charge iPhones. You Know That, Right?

Microwaves Don’t Charge iPhones. You Know That, Right?

Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Sept. 24 2014 1:05 PM

Microwaves Don’t Charge iPhones. You Know That, Right?

Apple’s new mobile operating system iOS 8 does a lot of neat things. But it does not cause physical changes to the devices it is installed on. Therefore, if someone tells you that installing iOS 8 will allow you to charge your iPhone in the microwave, you will know that that’s crazy talk, right? Right? Bueller?

As obvious as it may seem, the LAPD is clearly concerned that people will be duped by a microwave-charging hoax going around right now. The department tweeted (above) that the “Wave” feature advertised online is totally bogus.

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Wave ads suggest that you microwave your iPhone for 60 seconds at 700W or 70 seconds at 800W (note that those numbers don’t even make sense), but cautions that you shouldn’t “charge”—aka microwave—the phone for more than 300 seconds. Safety first, people.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department explained to the Los Angeles Times, “No metal object should ever be placed in the microwave. Even a little tin foil can cause a fire, so that much metal from a phone could lead to some manner of explosion.” It’s true!

New iOS features are great, but common sense is even better.

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