Apple is ‘looking into’ why some iPhone 8 batteries are swelling

Apple’s iPhone 8 battery swelling issue just won’t seem to go away.

Apple seems to have an iPhone 8 battery problem on its hands, and it’s not clear yet whether it’s occurring in just a handful of edges cases or in a larger batch of phones.

Over the past two weeks, there have been reports of the iPhone 8 batteries swelling and causing the phone to split up. What appears to be happening is that the battery inside the phone is swelling, bending the front of the phone and separating it from the body of the device. A silver lining here is that there are no reports of a fire yet.

Apple has released a concise statement acknowledging the issue:

We are aware and looking into it.

There appear to be only six or so cases so far.This is a very small number compared to the millions of iPhone 8’s Apple must have presumably sold so far. In any manufacturing run that big, there are going to be occasional issues, so on some level seeing a few broken iPhones is expected.

The first report of iPhone swelling came out of Taiwan, where a woman is said to have found her iPhone swollen apart after plugging it in to charge. Someone in Japan then posted pics of a split-apart phone on Twitter. And in the days since, there have been cases in China, Canada and Greece.

Another story about a flawed iPhone 8 surfaced on Reddit. User itsrishabh claimed in an /r/apple thread that their dad received an iPhone 8 device that was bursting open inside the box, which mirrors many of the other reported incidents.

The Reddit user did not respond to our request for more details. The person did post in the thread that Apple replaced the device, however, so the incident sounds similar to many of the other reports.

A couple of years ago, this would not have mattered too much but, since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery issues, there is a cause of concern hare Reports in the coming days and Apple’s investigation will make it clear as to what the real issue is here but, as of now, the number of issues compared to the phones sold is less for you as a consumer to be worried.

“[Sweling is ] is very unusual for a brand-new battery and leads towards the direction of there’s  something fundamentally wrong with this battery,” says  Sam Jaffe, managing director of Cairn energy research Advisors, on a phone call with The Verge. Jaffe, a battery industry Analyst, says manufacturers have reached a limit with the lithium-ion battery with a bigger risk of short-circuiting in an attempt to store more power.

For now, he says, it’s too early to know what is happening with Apple’s phones. “It could be just a random distribution,” he says. “Just a random event, and it’s only a few.”

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