Sep 29, 2017

Apple's iPhone 8 Plus Reportedly Splits Open While Charging, Same Battery Supplier Who Supplied Note 7 Battery

According to Chinese publication ifeng report (via TNW), a Taiwanese iPhone 8 Plus owner has claimed that her device split open while being charged with the supplied cable and plug adapter. She posted photos which show damage consistent with a swollen battery. While a Japanese owner has posted similar photos of his device, which he says arrived in this state.


The phone belonged to a Ms. Wu, who recently renewed her phone contract and purchased a 64GB rose gold iPhone 8 Plus.

The issue emerged five days after purchasing the phone. Wu placed her 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.

According to multiple Taiwanese outlets, the phone was later recovered by the carrier, and has since been shipped to Apple for analysis.

A report from Taiwan states the iPhone 8 Plus uses the same battery manufacturer, Amperex Technology Limited (ATL), as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. ATL is one of the world's biggest smartphone battery makers and has provided Apple with batteries for many years. Because of the Note 7 battery issues, Samsung announced that it has ditched the supplier for its upcoming flagship devices.


While any incident affecting a new iPhone model is bound to attract media attention, it’s worth noting the usual disclaimers. First, any device manufactured in the millions will include some faulty models – the real news would be if this were not the case. Second, investigations into charging-related incidents often reveal that a third-party charger was used, and so on.

Via Shanghaiist And 9o5Mac, Image Via Shanghaiist And Magokoro0511

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