It seems like people have been experiencing issues with their iPhones lately, and fans of the brand are shocked about it. It all started in Taiwan, when a woman allegedly found her iPhone swollen apart after she plugged it to her charger. The Twitter story went viral and only moments after, people started sharing other similar stories from China, Canada, and Greece. The company has officially stated that they are aware of the issue and they are currently investigating it. Don’t panic yet, iPhone users!
The reports that came out were all about iPhone 8s that split apart on arrival or after several of days of use.
Apparently, the battery inside the phone is swelling, which causes the front of the phone to bend and separates it from the body of the device. You can see that in these pictures.
Luckily, however, there were no fires. Although many phones were ruined!
Apple had a brief comment: “We are aware and looking into it.”
After the first report by a woman from Taiwan, people reported the same issue in Canada, China, and Greece. That made for a total of six public reports. Therefore, it is seemingly a small issue.
However, after the Samsung Note 7 fiasco, users are beyond concerned, as there is obviously a battery issue. They do want to find out what’s really going on.
“[Swelling is] very unusual for a brand-new battery and leads toward the direction of there’s something fundamentally wrong with this battery,” says Sam Jaffe, managing director of Cairn Energy Research Advisors, in a phone call with The Verge.
Jaffe, a battery industry analyst, says manufacturers reached a limit with lithium-ion battery capacity. They could possibly end up producing designs with a bigger risk of short circuiting only to store more power.
He is also clear on the info missing about the issue. “It could be just a random distribution,” he says. “Just a random event, and it’s only a few.”
Whatever it is, it is not something big, apparently.
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