A couple of reports from Taiwan and Japan bring bad news about the iPhone 8. Apparently, at least two iPhone 8 Plus are sent with damaged batteries that ended up causing the devices to be openly chapped.
Before asking, no, the batteries didn’t explode. But it is, which is a security mechanism aimed at preventing actual explosions and fires from the battery.
It is unclear what caused the battery to swell, and accidents occur with any device powered by a battery, iPhones included. The fact that he just passed the brand new iPhone 8 units is obviously a red flag for Apple, which is going to investigate the incidents.
According to cnBeta, a Taiwanese woman who just bought 64GB iPhone 8 Plus loaded the device with the original cable and the adapter. After three minutes, he saw the bulge in the front panel. Apple is now reporting on the possession of the device for analysis.
A similar case was released in Japan, where a buyer says the iPhone 8 Plus was sent with the separate screen:
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The only thing inside a smartphone that can push the screen in such a way is the battery. And the screen is the most likely component of being affected by a battery that swells.
What the Battery appears inside the iPhone 8 Plus is made by Amperex Technology Limited (ATL), the following website says, citing unconfirmed reports. ATL was one of the two suppliers of faulty Galaxy Note 7 batteries that Samsung threw under the bus in early 2017. However, that should not be a cause for concern, as long as it is isolated incidents. After all, the Galaxy Note 7 explosions were caused by Samsung’s faulty design, not the companies that build the batteries.
Via | BGR