iPhone 8 battery swelling case now reported in the United States

A week after Apple said it is looking into incidents of iPhone 8 batteries swelling and phones being left split apart, the first such case has been reported in the US.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus with a swollen battery. Image: Twitter/@magokoro0511

Apple iPhone 8 Plus with a swollen battery. Image: Twitter/@magokoro0511

A Best Buy employee posted on Reddit to report that his store had received a bulging iPhone 8 as a return. He had also supplied an image along with his post, BGR reported late on 12 October.

It is likely that this may not be the last incident. The number of affected iPhone 8 handsets that have been reported is still statistically insignificant since millions of iPhone 8 handsets have already been sold, the report added.

Earlier, cases of swollen batteries were reported from Taiwan, Japan-China, Canada, and Greece.

The first incident was reported from Taiwan when a user claimed her iPhone 8 Plus split open while it was charging.

The tech giant would be praying that a full batch is not affected, which would mean recalling units, ruining the whole reputation built around iPhones for years.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus went on sale on 22 September. Apple was yet to release figures for the early sales of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

The pre-orders for "super-premium" iPhone X will begin on October 27, with shipping starting 3 November.

Last year, the batteries of the Rs 59,900 Galaxy Note 7 started exploding. Samsung counted several such incidents across the globe (over 90 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones owners in the US reported overheating).

Amid conspiracy theories, a global recall of 2.5 million devices was announced quickly and faster replacements were guaranteed.


Published Date: Oct 13, 2017 11:08 pm | Updated Date: Oct 13, 2017 11:08 pm