Bad news if you’re a paranoid Apple fan, as a further seven iPhone 8 handsets have been reportedly suffered from splits caused by swollen batteries.
Reports of batteries that have expanded and busted through the svelte frame of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus handsets have now cropped up in Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Greece an other nations, indicating that initial reports of dodgy iPhone 8 batteries are not isolated to a region that may have received faulty handsets.
When faulty numbers begin to grow, there’s a chance that the problem could be a widespread one, such as the case of the exploding Galaxy Note 7 handsets which resulted in Samsung being forced to initiate a global recall of the critically acclaimed phone and start shutting off un-returned handsets remotely to prevent harm being caused by batteries prone to spontaneous combustion.
Apple’s iPhone 8 battery bother does not seem to pose a danger to its users at the moment, but it is not a good sign for the company that prided itself on products with excellent build quality that “just work”.
Those in the know, according to PocketNow, note that the batteries in the faulty iPhone 8 handsets are produced by Samsung’s SDI unit and by LG Chem; this could suggest that the battery problems the iPhone 8 appears to be having could be related to the battery issues suffered by the Note 7, though this is speculation thus far.
We contacted Apple for comment but the company has yet to respond.
Conspiracy theorists could speculate that this is a play by Apple to push people to buy its iPhone X, but we suspect that battery issues with any of its devices is not something Cupertino would engineer.
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