Just when everyone thought that they would not want to see another Samsung Galaxy Note 7-like situation ever again, a few Apple iPhone 8 Plus buyers in Japan and Taiwan seem to have unboxed devices with battery problems.
No, the iPhone 8 Plus models are not catching fire, nor are they exploding. But they are swelling up. Swelling up to the extent that the displays have popped open revealing the hardware inside.
The first instance reported by ifeng (via 9to5mac), comes from an iPhone 8 Plus owner who claimed that her device split open while being charged with a charger and cable supplied in the box.
The issue took place, a whole five days after she had purchased the smartphone. Just three minutes after Ms. Wu placed her iPhone on charge, she saw the front panel bulge, after a bit, the front panel with the display lifted of completely.
A Twitter user from Japan who purchased an iPhone, unboxed a unit with a swollen battery that had initially showcased a noticeable bulge in the center of the device. The display popped open the next day.
In both cases, Apple has reportedly taken back the device for deeper investigation.
Indeed, this one instance should be enough to worry every single iPhone 8 Plus owner who stood in queue to buy one 29 September in India.
But the batteries as with most other components come from different manufacturers so this could either be a one off manufacturing defect, or a major recall in a particular region, waiting to happen. As more users begin to use their shiny new iPhone 8 Plus models, we will know soon.