Last year, Samsung had to recall all its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones due to a critical battery issue. Now it seems Apple’s recently released phone may have a similar issue. Not that the new iPhones are exploding like Samsung’s Note 7, but a couple of users are reporting unusual battery swelling in their brand new iPhone 8 Plus.
According to iFeng.com, a Taiwanese woman has reported that her iPhone 8 Plus’ screen popped open, probably due to a swollen battery. The seller has collected her phone and is in the process of sending it back to Apple for investigation.
Another user from Japan claims that his iPhone 8 Plus’ front-panel had already popped inside the box. A few Chinese websites are also reporting similar stories. However, at this point, it is difficult to validate these claims.
It is worth noting that these cases can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Since millions of iPhone 8 have been sold, such a small number of incidents is not enough to establish a trend. However, it is a bit concerning that Samsung SDI is one of the two iPhone 8 battery suppliers. It is the same supplier involved in the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.
So far, Apple hasn’t acknowledged any of these reports. If you encounter a similar issue with your iPhone 8 in India, please stop using it immediately and keep it away from any flammable material, before contacting a seller or Apple Care.