People Are Claiming Their iPhone 8 Plus Phones Are Splitting Apart

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The reports have spanned Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and Greece, all displaying similar symptoms, making the notion that there was simply a single bad batch of devices coming off the production line less likely.

It's been just two weeks since the iPhone 8 hit shelves and made waves for its controversial price tag.

So far, there have been at least six reports in which the iPhone 8 either arrived with a swollen battery or the device's battery was discovered to be swollen after charging. Other iPhone 8 Plus owners have complained about receiving their brand new phone in the same condition. Apple told tech website TechCrunch that it's looking into the matter.

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The first case of the iPhone 8 splitting was reported in Taiwan, where a woman purchased a 64GB iPhone 8 Plus in rose gold.

Although, Apple has not confirmed it seems that an expansion of the internal battery is causing the devices to split open. There have been no signs of fire or explosions on the iPhone 8 as reported on some media channels. The user claimed to be charging the phone using only an official Apple power adapter and Lightning to USB cable. "In the Galaxy Note case, there were probably a couple hundred battery failures of one sort or another, but there were only a handful of fires - so that gives you a sense of the proportion of actual fires".

Apple has another new iPhone model still to come.

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Such incidents will surely downplay the popularity of Apple's latest flagship, which is already being reported to have a comparatively slower start. Further, Apple also did not provide the first weekend sales number of the handsets, which went on sale on September 22, as it has done with the new iPhones before.

In pre-market trading today, Apple shares were in the red.

Apple is scheduled to release the iPhone X - with the "X" signifying the Roman numeral 10 - on November 3, with preorders starting on October 27.

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