The UK is on the verge of a “massive” recall of nearly 400,000 iPhones, according to the BBC.
Apple has already warned of the dangers of faulty microphones, but the BBC has learned that nearly 400k of the devices have already been recalled.
“These are not just iPhone 4s and 5s, these are also the latest iPhones, and they are still on the market, and we are looking at about 400,0000 units, or about two-thirds of the product base, and potentially hundreds of thousands more,” Apple spokesperson Nick Wood told the BBC in a statement.
“We are working hard to find and fix the problem.
Apple has said that more than 100 million of the phones will be returned to stores and affected customers will be notified by email. “
The vast majority of the affected devices are in use around the UK, but there are a few cases in the US and Europe as well.”
Apple has said that more than 100 million of the phones will be returned to stores and affected customers will be notified by email.
The BBC understands that about half of those affected are in the UK.
It comes as the British Medical Association (BMA) called on Apple to recall the phones to prevent people from falling ill.
Apple, meanwhile, said it was working with its supplier, Micromax, to make sure the recalled phones can be repaired.
In an interview with The Independent on Thursday, Apple said that it was aware of the problems with faulty microphones and said that the company had taken steps to ensure that all affected units could be returned.
“We are aware of these issues and we’ve been working with Micromix to make the products available to consumers,” Apple said.
“If they are not returned, they will be repaired and returned to their original retail packaging and we will refund customers if they so wish.”
It added that it would “continue to investigate” the issue.
The BMA said it would be calling on the government to act immediately to help those affected by the recall, and urged people to “take immediate action to stop the phones from falling into the hands of others”.
In the US, Microwave manufacturers have been advised that a “critical” number of the iPhone 4 and 5 models have been recalled after reports of a defective microphone.
Microwave manufactures have also been warned that they could face legal action if they sell affected products.
Microwaves, which are used in the heating of electronics, are also known as portable speakers.
Apple is now taking similar steps in the EU, where a similar recall was reported in July and Apple is offering refunds to anyone who bought a faulty microphone.
The company has already issued refunds to affected customers.
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