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Another iPhone 8 Plus explodes, Apple to investigate

Both iPhone devices were launched on September 22.
Both iPhone devices were launched on September 22.
Following last weeks reported incident of an iPhone 8 Plus blowing up in Taiwan, another user, this time in Japan, has filed a similar claim.

We may have a disaster on our hands, as another iPhone 8 Plus has gone up in metaphorical flames, with the smartphone giants set to launch an investigation.

The occurrence, more of a battery swelling than anything, will be the second of such within the span of a week. The first, a user in Taiwan, reported that her three-day-old 64 GB iPhone 8 Plus "blew up" while charging. The phone was said to be at 70% when she plugged it in with her stock chargers but exploded within three minutes. The user, Wu, from Taichung City, says she has sent the phone to the factory for investigation, as the force of the "explosion" was strong enough to rip a portion of the display panel away from the main chassis.

Not much else is known about the second occurrence apart from the fact that it happened in Japan, with the user receiving their phone in conditions similar to Wu's post-explosion. They have also sent in the phone, with Apple set to investigate the phenomena.

While these aren't as dangerous as what we've seen from the Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7, and Redmi Note 4, it's indubitably an annoyance for the users of those devices, and a risk to be considered by prospective buyers of that model. It's also been reported that the same manufacturer behind the iPhone 8 Plus batteries produced the ones on the Note 7. Coincidence? Perhaps, as they also produced the batteries of previous models and those had no issues.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on this.



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Ricci Rox, 2017-10- 3 (Update: 2017-10- 3)