It has been barely a week since the Apple iPhone 8 went on sale in various countries around the world and now the device has been hit with a controversy which could tarnish the phone’s reputation.
You would have thought that Apple, and in fact any other device manufactures, would have learnt from Samsungs Note 7 fiasco, but alas it seems not as according to Quartz, reports from across China and Taiwan are starting to trickle in that the iPhone 8’s battery is expanding during charging which in turn has seen the screen panel lifting out of its body and the phone subsequently falling apart at the seams.
— マゴコロ (@Magokoro0511) September 25, 2017
The above tweets show a user from Japan that claims his device was shipped in this condition while another user from Taiwan, identified as Ms Wu, experienced the issue just five days after purchasing the phone. According to the Next Web, Wu placed the phone on charge, using the supplied cable and adaptor. After three minutes, she reported seeing the front panel bulge, and eventually lift completely from the device. The same report revealed that the phone was later collected by courier and shipped to Apple for analysis.
According to MacRumors, an Apple spokesperson confirmed that they “are aware and looking into it.”
The device was revealed by Apple only last month, with the iPhone 8 said to retail from $699 and the 8 Plus from $799. The debacle has taken on extra importance after Samsung Note7 lit the world up in 2016 with its exploding battery, which eventually saw the device being banned by several airlines around the world and Samsungs credibility taking a heavy blow. Apple will be hoping to avoid a similar situation.