Over the past week, reports of the iPhone 8 swelling have been emerging online. It started with two iPhone 8 Plus users in Japan and Taiwan. The total number of reports for the iPhone 8 duo swelling has now reached six, and has occurred in at least five countries including Hong Kong, Canada and Greece. Apple hasn t disclosed much on the matter, but has released a statement saying, We are aware and looking into it. Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methodsAlso Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
Although the number of defected units is only six, the issue is seen closely since the incidents occurred within a week of the iPhone 8 s commercial release. Tracing back to the first report, an iPhone 8 Plus user in Taiwan tweeted photos of the device swelling up in the middle while charging. This happened after five days of purchasing the iPhone 8 Plus. According to The Next Web, Apple has recovered the affected iPhone 8 Plus. As for the iPhone 8 Plus user in Japan, the device arrived split open in the box itself.
A similar trend followed with users from Hong Kong, Greece and Canada reporting similar situations where the device is split open. An analyst via The Verge says that a new smartphone battery swelling seems quite unusual, and that it could be due to some risks taken during manufacturing. It could be so that manufacturers now face limitations with lithium-ion batteries, and end up developing batteries with more power but with risks of short circuit. RELATED: Apple investigating claims of iPhone 8 splitting open while charging
There were cases in the past of iPhones catching fire. Although there haven t been any reports of the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus exploding, the risks aren t ignored though. Especially with the havoc caused by Samsung last year as the Galaxy Note 7 s faulty batteries caused overheating and explosions in multiple cases. Samsung s widespread chaos of the Galaxy Note 7 s battery exploding has brought every small matter of defected smartphones into the limelight. Apple is yet to release a statement on what the cause is behind the swelling up of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. ALSO READ: iOS 11.0.2 update fixes crackling sound on Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
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