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Not so swell? More reports of iPhone 8 battery swelling issues

An iPhone 8 suffering from a faulty battery. (Source: The Economic Times)
An iPhone 8 suffering from a faulty battery. (Source: The Economic Times)
Apple's iPhone 8 may be off to a good start from a sales perspective, however, it hasn't been a completely smooth launch. Reports off swelling iPhone 8 batteries have now surfaced on seven separate occasions.
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Apple’s iPhone 8 models are said to be selling well, but not everything is going to plan. There have now been at least seven reports of iPhone 8 models that have suffered from a swelling battery, which results in the display panel popping off. Reports of swelling iPhone 8 models have now surfaced in China, Canada, Greece, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong. Apple is said to be “looking into” the reports, but has yet to announce anything further on the matter.

In lieu of an official explanation of what is going on, a faulty lithium ion battery can swell as a result of a build-up of gas, the result of electrochemical oxidization. If it is not the battery itself that is the problem, overcharging, faulty charging electronics or a faulty battery charger could also cause a similar issue. With the millions of devices that Apple and its partners deliver every month, a single-digit malfunction like this in a small percentage of units is not uncommon.

Of course, at this stage, it is nothing like the problem that Samsung faced when its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 launched last year. Not long after its release, reports of exploding Note 7’s started to emerge from around the globe. It wasn’t until the 35th incident that Samsung felt obliged to issue a global recall for the device. In this instance, it was determined that Samsung’s engineers hadn’t created enough tolerance in the area immediately surrounding the Note 7’s battery, which could result in its battery short-circuiting.

If the problem that Apple is experiencing with a small number of iPhones persists, it is likely that it will continue its current practice of replacing the faulty devices under warranty, unless it deems this issue to be potentially more serious. In that case, a recall would be likely, but that still seems a remote possibility at this stage.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1256 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-10-10 (Update: 2017-10-10)