A small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus users have experienced battery swelling, some to the point where it causes the display to lift out of its housing. There was no external sign of burning nor any chemical reaction, and the phone's insides were exposed. Photos of the said iPhone 8 Plus were displayed on ThePaper's website, showing how the phone split open and how some parts were visible. They claim that they were using an official Apple power adapter and Lightning to USB cable to charge the phone when the battery began to expand.
Again unconfirmed, but it is believed that an expansion of the internal battery is causing the devices to split open.
Apple has another new iPhone model still to come. An Apple spokesperson said the company is looking into the matter and declined to comment further but so far we have yet to see any development from the tech giant's side as to why this is happening.
Whilst there are nearly always a few incidents of this kind for new iPhone models, it certainly seems like there have been more than usual for the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. It must be noted that phones have minute tolerances, so even a minimal increase in the size of any component could render the device unusable.
After a long investigation, Samsung acknowledged that Galaxy Note 7 has a design flaw in its battery.
Apple unveiled its latest-gen iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (first impressions) at an event in last month.
Apple has yet to release figures for the first weekend sales of the new iPhones, so it's unclear what percentage of users this is affecting at this time.
However, it is largely believed that the core Apple fans are anxiously waiting for the iPhone X, which will be out next month.
Apple Inc. shares fell $0.33 (-0.21%) in premarket trading Friday. Year to date, the stock is up over 34%, while in the last one-month, it is down over 4%.