Apple is investigating what caused an iPad to "explode" in a Canberra Vodafone store, prompting a store evacuation, according to a Vodafone spokesperson. Vodafone has since confirmed that it was not the new iPad Air, as originally reported.
Reports suggested a display model of the iPad Air caught on fire while the tablet was attached to the iPad charging port, Vodafone Australia spokesperson, Geeke van der Sluis, said in an email. However, Vodafone has since backtracked and confirmed to media that it was an older iPad with Retina Display (iPad 3 or 4), rather than the new iPad Air.
The store filled with smoke as sparks continued to appear from the charging port after the initial explosion, prompting a call to the fire brigade and a store evacuation. No one was injured.
The incident happened on October 30, van der Sluis said, two days before the new iPad Air was due to be made available for in-store and online purchase in Australia.
In photos posted online by Daily Mail, the iPad's screen appears warped and singed from the flames.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.