After the exploding Samsung note 7 batteries, now Apple seems to have an iPhone 8 battery problem on its hands.
Over the past week, reports from a few iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus buyers have claimed that the batteries of the newly launched phones are swelling, leaving the phones split open.
The first report came from Taiwan, where a woman found her iPhone swollen apart after she plugged it in to charge. Till now, there have been at least six separate reports from five different countries.
“We are aware and looking into it”, said Apple.
However its spokeswoman refused to comment when asked how many devices have been affected so far.
Last year Apple’s rival, Samsung recalled all its Galaxy Note 7 handsets after ‘over 100 incidents’ of the phone’s battery catching fire were reported. However in the case of iPhone 8 the issue is limited to batteries bloating only, rather than catching a fire. And the number of the reported incidents is also limited to half a dozen.
The phone went on sale on 22 September and is still in its early days.
Unlike the past, Apple did not release figures for the first weekend sales of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 plus, so it is still not clear how many of these phones are in the hands of buyers.
As there had been very few of the swollen-battery cases, experts think it is just a random event that would not elevate into a Note7 like crises.
Analysts assume that the buyers may be holding off on upgrading their iPhone to buy the latest iPhone X, which was also announced at the same time, but with a later release date.
Pre-sales for the iPhone X would begin on October 27th, while the shipment date is November 3rd.