Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

IPhone 8 Plus: Batteries Bursting Out of New Phones?

Tim Cook Tim Cook
June Sullivan | 07 October, 2017, 00:41

Although the number of complaints has been very small so far, there are worries over whether Apple iPhone 8 will cause problems for users.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus units began shipping on September 22, but a few new owners have noticed a peculiar issue. The image shared by the publication shows an iPhone 8 Plus split open and its internal parts visible. However, when Chinese state media reported on the problem Friday, the Cupertino idiot-tax operation deigned to recognize the issue.

The reports have spanned Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and Greece, all displaying similar symptoms, making the notion that there was simply a single bad batch of devices coming off the production line less likely. The phone didn't have any sign of scorching or an explosion.

The first report came out of Taiwan, where a woman is said to have found her iPhone swollen apart after plugging it in to charge.

Apple's iPhone is no stranger to controversy and the newest release is no exception.

The reports bear an ominous parallel to similar problems reported with Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 a year ago when a handful of phones caught fire - and the issue quickly exploded to include more than 100 allegations of self-detonating li-ion batteries, and led to a mass recall of the Android handset. The stock had been up five out of the last eight trading days before reports over a battery issue resurfaced. "A very small number" of iPhone 6S experienced unexpected shutdowns due to battery issues, Apple acknowledged previous year. Apple has confirmed to Gizmodo that it is "looking into" the matter.

Apple has stated that they are "aware (of the issue) and are looking into it".

Apple's shares have slid since the launch of the iPhone 8, which has been met with lukewarm reviews.

Some analysts have said that consumers may be holding off on the iPhone 8 and waiting for the iPhone X instead, which will be available for pre-order on October 27.

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