Apple looking into iPhone 8 and 8 Plus swelling batteries reports

Isaac Cain
October 7, 2017

Similar incidents have also been reported in Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and Greece.

It's been just two weeks since the iPhone 8 hit shelves and made waves for its controversial price tag. The company gave no further details on the issue, including the number of such incidents reported. Reports have so far pointed out iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

An Apple spokesperson said the company was now looking into the issue, but the company has not elaborated further at the time of writing.

According to a report by the Original Daily News (via MacRumors), an iPhone buyer named Liu said that his newly bought iPhone 8 plus arrived cracked open yesterday.

A problem with IPhone 8 Plus causes battery to swell and back of phone to go out.

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The first case of the iPhone 8 splitting was reported in Taiwan, where a woman purchased a 64GB iPhone 8 Plus in rose gold. There was no external sign of burning nor any chemical reaction, and the phone's insides were exposed. They claim that they were using an official Apple power adapter and Lightning to USB cable to charge the phone when the battery began to expand.

However, it's also true that everyone in the industry is more attuned to such problems in the wake of the exploding Galaxy Note 7 situation. The issue might be brushed under the carpet just like the iPhone 6 Plus bend gate or Apple may resolve and put out fresh versions of iPhone 8 Plus which do not have such issue.

Apple has yet to release figures for the first weekend sales of the new iPhones, so it's unclear what percentage of users this is affecting at this time.

Shares in Apple edged down 0.2% to 155 on the stock market today. The Tame Apple Press is trying to reassure them that Apple fans are waiting for the premium iPhone X due out in early November. This leads us to believe that the phone may burst into flames like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 previous year.

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