Seven Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus units have been split open due to a swollen battery?

Another iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is split apart after the battery started to swell

Another iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus is split apart after the battery started to swell


The latest reports now say that there have been at least seven iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus units split open by a swollen battery. The pressure of the battery swelling in a limited enclosure is forcing the screen to separate from the body of the phone. Thus far, there has been two reports of swollen batteries reported in Taiwan and Japan. Another one was seen in the region of Formosa, while other complaints were logged in Canada, China, Greece and Hong Kong.

One user was charging his phone with the original equipment when the battery started to swell. At least a couple of units came out of the box with the phone already split. And some of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models with a bloated battery suffered a short fall with no apparent damage until the battery started to increase in size. Those in the know say that the cells are produced by Samsung's SDI unit, and by LG Chem.

The worry for Apple is that reports start increasing and the whole problem becomes similar to what happened last year. when Samsung was forced to pull the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 off of the shelves. In that situation, several units started exploding thanks to an issue with the batteries used with the model. So far, no iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 has exploded. With the Galaxy Note 7, at first there were only a couple of reports claiming that the phablet exploded or started a fire. Suddenly, there were complaints made seemingly every other day. Eventually, Samsung had no choice but to pull the high-end phablet.

Right now, there aren't enough phones affected to force Apple to issue a recall. But we've already gone quickly from this being a lone issue, to two models having the problem, to the current tally of seven. Apple says it is investigating and the whole affair is beginning to bring on a sense of deja vu.

source: PocketNow

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70 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"that the cells are produced by Samsung's SDI unit, and by LG Chem". Now we know the culprit. Case closed. Let's see how Apple will respond to this.

4. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

We don't know this. In case of the Note 7, the place where the battery was located was too tight leaving no room for a little expansion (what these type of batteries tend to do). So the culprit still might be Apple's own design flaw. Also in the original article, it states: Teardowns indicate that some units’ batteries are manufactured out of Simplo Technologies. Which is neither Samsung or LG

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Agreed. Apple should speak to the public about the matter and not sweep it under the rug like bendgate and antenna gate. But so far it seems isolated and too early to be called a "gate".

37. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Isolated? The first Note 7 incidents were also isolated. Also we don't know how many actual reports there have been. When you ship millions of phones, there are literally millions of chances for the issue, as all the phones are designed the same. Right? When the Note 7 was released, there were only 2 incidents in just a weeks time. After that it got worse with a total of 100 incidents where on;y 60ish actually caught fire. The potential for this to be equally as serious is, is 8 have done this, more of them will and more already have. Just because it hasn't been reported doesn't mean it isn't happening. Not everyone is gonna get on social media with their issue. Right?

49. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Note 7 caught fire, iPhone 8 didn't (so far). It's simple. If you hate Apple this much don't buy their products techie and don't open multiple accounts.

61. sissy246

Posts: 6950; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If it didn't come apart they just maybe be catching fire. Multiple accounts, pot calling the kettle black on that.

66. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Batterygate? Or iphonegate?

69. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

+1 Sissy, Note 7 being rated higher on water resistance, was more tightly fitted & more glue applied in the place where there is no chance for display to pop out, so it exploded. Having said that, we were also denying actual issue (saying the cases are isolated & all for Note 7). So lets give a fair bit of time & numbers for iPhone 8's as well before coming to conclusion. In short, lets not behave like dumb iSheeps did last year :D :D

64. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Not enough typos to be techie, unless he finally learned to proof read and/or use spell check.

65. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

71. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I'm guessing that comment was deleted. I can't find #117 anywhere.

52. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1295; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I've said it before. For every incident you hear about there are 10+ more that you don't hear about. Usually because it goes unreported or only covered by local media.

51. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1295; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

We already know Apples response. There are only 9 isolated incidents all resulting from user error and there is no problem.

35. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

With the Note 7 issue, what you said was only partly correct. http://www.techradar.com/news/samsung-galaxy-note-7-battery-fires-heres-why-they-exploded But the foil around the battery is suppose to allows the battery to swell to a busting point. But they shouldn't have split open and caught fire. So the Note 7 batters had several manufacturing defects. However the iPhone 8 design is similar to the iPhone 7, so whats the excuse here? Maybe the space is now tighter due to the wireless charging component?

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yo JoJo, Apple has been having swollen battery problems for years at launch. It's an isolated incident as usual , chill.

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Yare yare daze.

36. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

What I see is karma for all the dirty Note 7 jokes and banter last year. The problem here is, even though none have caught fire, they did explode, but the foil around the battery is doing what its suppose to do. But what about planes carrying these? Suppose one is in a carry on in someones luggage on a plane and it heats up and catches fire? Cargo planes bring these from China have a cargo bay full of phones. Suppose they all. In this case it doesn't mean the batteries are defective. The wrong battery was likely chosen for the design of the phone. Its too big. They need to all be recalled due to the associated hazard. Funny no iFans are saying such though. Time to see the hypocrisy.

39. kiko007

Posts: 7459; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"What I see is karma for all the dirty Note 7 jokes and banter last year." I'm sorry, have any iPhone 8s burned a house down yet? How about delayed a flight take off? Maybe burned a user? The Note 7 did all of those relatively early on, so I'd say the Jones were warranted. Bet you still have a three of yours, knowing how idiotic you are. "The problem here is, even though none have caught fire, they did explode" Look up what an explosion is, fam. "They need to all be recalled due to the associated hazard." Lmao, 8 out of 15 million phones= recall needed? Get the hell outta here troll. "Funny no iFans are saying such though. Time to see the hypocrisy." That's because iFans can do basic math and have enough common sense to actually wait for an actual investigation to occur. It also helps that the phones aren't spontaneously combusting left and right like your dear Note 7.

50. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

There weren't any Note that actually burned a house down. No oen was injured from the Note 7 either. NO! YOU need to look up what an explosion is. You think because there was no fire, it didn't explode? The foil around the battery is suppose to prevent a fire from happened. that doesn't mean the battery can't explode inside. It's called a "controlled explosion". The foil is suppose to expand and contain the explosion inside. Its not suppose to split and catch fire, which is what the note 7 did. Don't try to educated anyone when you don't have the proper education. I had a real science class in school and I paid attention because I love technical stuff. This stuff if to much for your pea brain. All I can say, 4M Note 7 shipped with another 1M held. Only 100 showed signs of an issue and only 62 are recorded as having caught fire/exploded. You fans always wanna call numbers on YOUR BS when its your turn. You proved my point. "Funny no iFans are saying such though. Time to see the hypocrisy." Oh and their have been iPhone's that burned people houses down! Whether it was the * or not isn't even relevant. The iPhone has actually injured and killed people. JUSTSAYIN! Google "iPhone Burns Down House" brings an event that happened in December of last year as most recent know. Wake up dude!

55. kiko007

Posts: 7459; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"All I can say, 4M Note 7 shipped with another 1M held. Only 100 showed signs of an issue and only 62 are recorded as having caught fire/exploded." You realize that means the Note 7 had an exponentially higher rate of explosion, right? "You fans always wanna call numbers on YOUR BS when its your turn. You proved my point." Bitch do you even math? There's no way to frame this as some victory for you, the MATH sides with what I said, period. -snip- I don't give a s**t about your strawman arguments and fallacies. Do you, or do you not, see the blatant hypocrisy and false logic you're applying here? You can not compare the two situations, as one was OBJECTIVELY more dangerous and abundant than the other. And for real Techie, get your s**t together bro. Did you really come back just to do the same basic bulls**t that got you banned to begin with? Talk about circling the wagon, that's just tragic. At least try to frame things with reality in mind.

54. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

You have no idea how many phones have been sold. You're only guessing. Good luck with that! The fact is, it shouldn't matter. We aren't talking what is happening, the potential for what could happen. Everyone who bought the phone, should just if they have time, visit and Apple store and have the phone checked for just in case. Have the battery checked to see if it is swelling, even if it hasn't busted out the case. Better to have it checked. Because a guy with said phone in his pocket could lead to a serious injury, and could lead to him not being able to enjoy life. I don't want any OEM to have an issue. I sure wasn't happy with the Note 7 issue even though I understand things can happen. Samsung moved before the Feds did and started to deal with the issue right away and halted sales, at least until they could answer some question. Apple isn't halting sales. The other issue is, Samsung didn't even use SGI their own subsidiary for the S8. Why did Apple use them? Samsung did use LG as one option for the S8 and so far so good. So I am surprised if LG is having an issue now. This stuff sucks. But with quantity comes quality issues.

56. kiko007

Posts: 7459; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"You have no idea how many phones have been sold. You're only guessing. Good luck with that!" I know they sold more than the Note 7... Within the first weekend, that is. "The fact is, it shouldn't matter..." Do you know how "facts" work? Facts work BASED around objective reality. Objective reality is based around, you guessed it, numbers! "We aren't talking what is happening, the potential for what could happen." So hypothetical scenario with no basis? -super snip- I see you still haven't learned how to summarize properly yet.

62. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Doesn't matter where they bought the batteries from. Apple should responsible for this. Take it like Samsung did. They probably do what's best. Send you sheeples super glue to glue that tight lol

63. kiko007

Posts: 7459; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You call Samsung's response "taking responsibility"? They sent a flawed phone out... twice, then sold an after market variant to a few idiots a month before the Note 8 launched. That's hardly what I'd call responsible.

70. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

But that response was better than any company out there. Head of Samsung bowed himself in front of world & apologized to that. Instead of giving lame excuses like "You are holding it wrong", "You are putting too much pressure" and other s**t things blaming the customers itself. "sold an after market variant to a few idiots a month before the Note 8 launched." Well its consumers choice whether they want it or not. In fact many kept original Note 7 with them without returning it back, so buying refurbished one is "No Big Deal". Your beloved Apple also wanted to use India as a market to sell its all refurbished iPhones(at much lower cost as India is a cost centric market) but Government didn't gave permission for that. You want a link then let me know, I will provide. So by that context of yours, Apple is also a lame company at worst right? In fact iPhone is the biggest phone in the world which sells rehashed one's both in terms of revenue & units sold. Now speak outta your A**.

67. htcisthebest

Posts: 433; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Apple is making excuses.

2. afrohoxha

Posts: 204; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

"The worry for Apple is that reports start increasing and the whole problem becomes similar to what happened last year." Seven units till now. How is that not similar?

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Because the note 7 started with only a few cases as well. Plus it came with a fast charger so greater chance of it happening. Apple includes a slow charger in the box so their issue might take a bit more time to show up, but will show up none the less.

38. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The fast charger doesn't matter. If the battery is defective, then it doesn't matter. What happens if people start using the Mac's charger which throws out more voltages and amperage? Fire? Explosion? Injures?

3. scarface21173

Posts: 631; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

If the batteries were smoking or exploding yeah a recall would happen. But a swollen battery 1 in a million is not going to cause a recall. If there was a recall apple would be in trouble because there a 1 trick poney.

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