Buyers concerned over swollen batteries in new Apple iPhone 8

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At the end of last month, there were a few reports on social media about batteries swelling on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus.

Although the number of complaints has been very small so far, there are worries over whether Apple iPhone 8 will cause problems for users.

Over the past week, reports have been coming out about iPhone 8s that have split apart either on arrival or after several days of use.

It is quite surprising that the 5.5-inch phone would split open like this especially when separating the display side of the handset itself requires a lot of force and delicate hands plus a combination of prying tools.

Shortly after the iPhone 8 Plus began landing in the hands of consumers, we heard a report that one unlucky buyer had their phone mysteriously pop open while being charged up. Similarly, when the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus came out there were issues with individual devices.




There was no sign of scorching or an explosion, meaning that the phone was like this before the device was plugged into the wall outlet. The company will be keen to avoid a repeat of the debacle surrounding Samsung's Galaxy Note8 handset which had to be scrapped a year ago after the batteries in a small number of units exploded. They haven't made it clear as to what might be causing the issue, but many users are speculating it could be due to the battery swelling.

Global News reached out to Apple for a comment and has yet to receive a response, though Apple did tell The Guardian that it was aware of the reports and looking into the issues.

The iPhone 8 has been getting indifferent reviews and share prices of in the company are falling.

This problem is reminiscent of that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 issue where batteries caught fire and the phone was recalled. Battery design and manufacturing issues led to Note 7s catching fire. The Tame Apple Press is trying to reassure them that Apple fans are waiting for the premium iPhone X due out in early November.

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