Reports have so far pointed out iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The company will be keen to avoid a repeat of the debacle surrounding Samsung's Galaxy Note8 handset which had to be scrapped previous year after the batteries in a small number of units exploded.
At the end of last month, there were a few reports on social media about batteries swelling on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus.
Since then, reports of the same issue have come in from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Greece and Canada, indicating that the problem isn't necessarily limited to one shipment in one part of the world. We also found another incident posted on Reddit.More news: Chinese city to penalize firms that newly hire N. Korean workers
The incident led Samsung and others to double down on battery safety and testing, with some winding back on more less proven developments and decreasing battery energy capacity to focus on proven technology and avoid a similar billion-pound catastrophe. Soon after the launch, a user from Taiwan claimed that her iPhone 8 Plus split open while it was charging. Some reports suggest the battery swells during charging though some report the phone arriving in a swollen state in its retail box. Ogden's story is the first reported incident where a wireless charger was used. Apple offered a free battery replacement service for the defective phones. The workers told him that they were sending the damaged phone in to be run through Apple's early field testing process, which probes broken devices that "have problems very early in their life or since release of the product".
Now, the newest kid on the iPhone block faces an even larger design flaw called, "splitgate". "A very small number" of iPhone 6S experienced unexpected shutdowns due to battery issues, Apple acknowledged past year. User itsrishabh claimed in an /r/apple thread that their dad received an iPhone 8 Plus device that was bursting open inside the box, which mirrors numerous other reported incidents. However, company did not immediately respond to an update request for inquiry status. As you would expect, Apple has collected the devices in question and is investigating.