iOS 8 / iPhone ‘Wave’ Microwave Charge Hoax: Please Don’t Microwave your iPhone, iPad, or Any Other Apple Device

September 18, 2014 Updated: September 19, 2014

There was a viral Twitter hoax going around saying that the iOS 8 has a “Wave” feature.

The bunk photo has instructions that says the Wave feature allows for the Apple device to be charged via being placed inside of a microwave.

“You can now Wave-charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half,” it says.

It adds: “iOS 8 contains new drivers that interface with your device’s radio-baseband allowing it to synchronize with microwave frequencies.”

None of this is true.

A few other users posted burned up iPhones as a joke.

One person said on Twitter, “Folks, this whole iOS 8 ‘wave’ thing is fake. DO NOT put your iPhone in a microwave. #wave #iphone #iOS8.”

Added another: “Wait… Is that ‘wave’ thing for iOS 8 true?!”

Wrote another: “Just tried the wave thing on iOS 8. it doesn’t work. getting a new phone monday…”

 

Here’s a few real features of the iOS, per The Associated Press:

CHANGES TO IPHONES AND IPADS:

— Like the new Mac OS, the iOS 8 system will have a universal search tool to cover both your device and the Internet. It will also get the iCloud Drive service.

— The new software will sport interactive notifications, so you can respond to a message without having to leave another app. It will have new gestures, such as double tapping to see a list of frequent contacts.

— A QuickType keyboard promises predictive typing suggestions. For example, if you start typing, “Do you want to go to,” the phone will suggest “dinner” or “movie” as the next word. Currently, the suggestions are limited to spelling corrections.

— IOS 8 will have a built-in health-management tool to help people track their vital signs, diet and sleeping habits. Apple’s chief rival, Samsung Electronics Co., incorporated fitness-related features in its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, and announced plans last week for similar management tools.

— Apple announced new technology for controlling garage doors, thermostats and other home systems, although the company didn’t say how all the pieces will be linked together through what it calls HomeKit.

— For developers, Apple announced the ability to sell app bundles at discounted prices. The fingerprint security system on the iPhone 5s also will be accessible to apps written by outside parties, not just Apple functions such as unlocking the phone and verifying iTunes purchases.