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My Phone is Dying
When it explodes, it will cast off its outer layers, leaving behind nothing but a slowly fading PalmPilot, calculator, or two-way pager.
Title text: When it explodes, it will cast off its outer layers, leaving behind nothing but a slowly fading PalmPilot, calculator, or two-way pager.

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The phone in question appears to "die" in a way analogous to the life and death of a star: expending its fuel while heating up and expanding before ultimately losing its outer layers and becoming a white dwarf or similar "lesser" star. Once extra mass is added to the dying star, analogous to "charging", the process only accelerates. The phone seems to have an certain mass - because White Hat expects the phone to go (super)nova. Charging the phone may lead to a type 1a nova. The comic also plays on the release of two new iPhone models with bigger screens, planned for 2 days after the release of the comic.

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