Apple Investigating Reports Of 'Serious Battery Failure' On iPhone 8 Plus

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At the time of writing reports include devices in China, Canada, Greece, Japan and Taiwan, forcing Apple to officially look into it.

Now, the newest kid on the iPhone block faces an even larger design flaw called, "splitgate".

So far, there have been at least six reports in which the iPhone 8 either arrived with a swollen battery or the device's battery was discovered to be swollen after charging. No accounts of iPhone 8 explosions or fires have been reported so far. An Apple spokesperson said that the company is looking into the matter, according to the Reuters report.

On its website on Thursday, China's state-backed ThePaper.cn cited an iPhone buyer surnamed Liu as saying his newly purchased iPhone 8 Plus arrived cracked open on October 5.

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However, some individuals reported that they received their device with the defect already in place, while others claim the batteries swelled and eventually caused the phone to fall apart in the days following. After five days, when she put the phone on to charge using the original cable, the owner noticed a bulge in the front panel.

It may appear that the problem may not be widespread, but nowadays everyone is pretty attentive to such incidents in the wake of the exploding Galaxy Note 7 situation. Similarly, when the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus came out there were issues with individual devices.

The first of these issues was recorded in Taiwan by a woman who purchased a 64GB iPhone 8 Plus in rose gold shortly after the phone was released just one week ago.

Investors are anxious that pre-orders for the device were well below previous launches. Further, Apple also did not provide the first weekend sales number of the handsets, which went on sale on September 22, as it has done with the new iPhones before. Pre-orders for the device are likely to be well down on previous model launches, although that may be due to customers waiting for the premium iPhone X which is not due to launch until November. This leads us to believe that the phone may burst into flames like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 a year ago.

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