Swelling batteries can pose risks in any device, not just in smartphones. Most of us can remember very well the incidents with the Samsung phones, from some time ago. A lot of people were reporting that their Galaxy S6s were blowing up, due to battery issues. We were making fun of them, we were calling those phones ticking time bombs, but truth is, the situation was pretty serious. Nobody likes having a device in their pocket which can explode out of the blue. Explosions like those can be potentially harmful to the user.
You’d think that the Samsung incidents are history now. You’d think that the phone manufacturers have learned a lesson from this debacle. Well, no, not really. According to PocketNow, the history repeats itself, unfortunately. So far, no less than 7 iPhone 8s were affected by the battery swelling issue. While this might not seem like much, it’s still something we should not take lightly. Next thing you know, we could see 70 or 100 iPhone 8s blowing up left and right.
Even if the phones don’t explode, we still are left with an unpleasant sight: a swollen battery pressing against the phone’s internal components. This can cause damages to the delicate circuits inside the iPhone 8, can lead to screen or case cracks and will make the device look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Not nice! Since we’re paying top dollar for an iPhone 8, we expect quality in return. Not another potential time bomb!
Apple should take note of these incidents and fix the problem. As said before, the reports are only a few for now. They mainly come from Taiwan, Japan, Canada, China, Greece and Hong Kong. Some of the affected iPhone 8s developed the problem while charging, others were already having swollen batteries right out of the box. Reportedly, the defective batteries, as well as the good ones, are made by Samsung’s SDI unit and LG Chem. So, who’s to blame?