Apple Is Investigating Battery Swelling in iPhone 8 Plus

Randall Craig
October 7, 2017

A recent report from CNET talked about six reports in around five countries of the iPhone 8 splitting. What appears to be happening is that the battery inside the phone is swelling, bending the front of the phone and separating it from the body of the device.

A problem with IPhone 8 Plus causes battery to swell and back of phone to go out. Another Taiwanese Apple user reports that she saw her iPhone 8 bursting open when it was put on charge using the Apple supplied cable and charger. There was another case in Greece.

An Apple spokesperson said the company is looking into the matter and declined to comment further. In any manufacturing run that big, there are going to be occasional issues, so on some level seeing a few broken iPhones is expected. 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.

A number of fans from across the world have reported problems with their shiny handsets, with some posting images on Twitter. While this flaw is being called "splitgate", some phones are said to be swelling, bulging, and becoming excessively warm to the touch.

While swelling batteries is not almost as bad as the cells catching fire, the chemistry of modern lithium-ion batteries and the amount of energy they can store makes them unsafe with any kind of fault. All we know for sure is that Apple is investigating, and whether that leads to something bigger is now up in the air. "It could be just a random distribution", he says. Let's also determine that you routinely look at potential potential security issues with Apple's devices.

KitGuru Says: Battery swelling isn't almost as bad as them spontaneously lighting up and burning. There were only around 100 confirmed incidents of the Note 7 actually catching fire.

Correction October 6th, 4:37PM ET: The first swollen battery report occurred in Taiwan, not Thailand.

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