Pranksters at 4chan spread around a fake Apple press release claiming iPhones could now be recharged in a household microwave. The phony update was called “Wave”, and it promised to charge iPhones fully after one minute of microwaving.
The hoax was taken seriously by enough people for the Los Angeles Police Department to issue a warning.
‘This #Wave capability is a #hoax. Don’t be fooled into microwaving your #iPhone 6,’ LAPD Communications tweeted.
The Los Angeles Fire Department have also issued warnings on radio stations, according to Nine News.
‘We were alarmed at this notion, because of course any metal inside of a microwave oven can lead to a fire and potentially an explosion,’ spokesman Brian Humphrey said.