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Apple is now ‘looking into’ reports of iPhone 8 battery swelling

A Taiwanese woman recently claimed that her iPhone 8 Plus split open while it was on charging. Since then, there have been multiple incidents of iPhone 8 battery swelling.

tech Updated: Oct 07, 2017 15:50 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Hindustan Times
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The new iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone 8S are displayed during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. (AFP)

Now, it’s Apple’s turn to be haunted by battery issues. Over the past few weeks, there have been multiple reports claiming that the iPhone 8 units are splitting apart after several days of use. It is being speculated that the batteries inside the iPhone 8 are swelling, causing the new iPhones to split open.

Apple has now acknowledged the issue and stated, “We are aware and looking into it.” It’s not clear at the moment whether all of the iPhone 8 units have been affected or it’s just the certain units.

Late last month, a Taiwanese woman claimed that her iPhone 8 split apart after plugging it into charge. She also shared a few photos of the damaged iPhone. Since then, there have been similar cases in Japan, China, Canada and even Greece. Fortunately, no one has so far reported units catching fire or exploding – something that happened with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 last year.

After multiple incidents of units catching fire, Samsung was forced to recall the units and ultimately call off the Note 7 smartphone altogether. The smartphone was banned by several airport authorities across the world.

Samsung never launched the Galaxy Note 7 in India. Months later, the Korean company in a detailed report revealed that there was indeed a problem with the battery in the Note 7.

While the battery swelling issue is far more serious, the company had a few problems with its latest iOS 11 software as well. Since the official roll out on September 19, the company has already released two minor updates for the iOS devices. The last update brought bug fixes, performance improvements and crackling sound during voice calls reported by some iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 users. It also fixed an issue that caused some photos to become hidden.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 12:05 IST