Updated 09:28 AM EST, Thu, Dec 02, 2021

iOS 8 Apps & Features: Microwave Charging is a Hoax; Victims Cry Foul on Twitter [See Photos Here]

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Aside from food, it is hard to think of anything else that can be heated inside a microwave. Unfortunately, some Apple owners became victims of a hoax ad that promoted an impossible feature of the company's iOS 8.

Advertised as "Wave," the fake feature basically invited Apple owners to update their devices to iOS 8. Allegedly, updating their iPhones will enable them to charge their devices wirelessly inside a household microwave for "a minute and a half."

That counts up to 90 seconds, and users were not very happy with what turned out.

Outraged users who allegedly fell into the luring trap posted pictures of their ruined Apple device and toasted microwave oven on Twitter. CNBC reported that the original advertisement came from the online message board 4chan. The outlet added that the site already hosted fake ads in the past.

New York Daily News specifically cited how gullible users were lured in the past into believing that iOS 7 made their phones waterproof.

The "Wave" ad was creatively made to resemble that of Apple's authentic, signature typographic marketing scheme which sported simple graphics and inviting words.

Branded as an iOS 8 exclusive, the fake "Wave" ad was described as the "latest and greatest addition to iOS 8. Wave allows your device to be charged wirelessly through microwave frequencies. 'Wave' can be used to quickly charge your device's battery using any standard household microwave."

False instructions were also provided by the ad, calling for the devices to be charged in 60 seconds at 700W or 70 seconds at 800W. The hoax added that charging time should not exceed 300 seconds.

The issue somehow reflects the users' trust on the innovative abilities of Apple. Yet some things will remain to be impossible, such as baking an iPhone.

An advisory has been tweeted by the Los Angeles Police Department, "This #Wave capability is a #hoax. Don't be fooled into microwaving your #iPhone6." LA Times cited Brian Humphrey, spokesperson of the Lost Angeles Fire Department, who warned "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."

See iOS 8's official set of features here.

See the Twitter posts of the alleged victims below.

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