iPhone 8 Plus: Apple looking into reports of batteries bursting out of phones

Reports spanning Asia, North America and Europe show swelling batteries pushing the screens out of Apple’s big new device

Reports spanning Asia, North America and Europe show swelling batteries pushing the screens out of Apple’s big new device

This is not the first time Apple has had batteries swell within new devices. The company manufactures and sells between 40m and 80m iPhones a quarter, a volume that means isolated issues are likely whether it be through manufacturing defects or problems during shipping.

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.

While swelling batteries is not nearly as bad as the cells catching fire, the chemistry of modern lithium-ion batteries and the amount of energy they can store makes them dangerous with any kind of fault.

Apple will hope that the incidents are isolated, can be dealt with swiftly and are not a prelude to further problems.

 

October 06, 2017

Sources:` New York Times ; The Guardian

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