Apple is investigating reports that the batteries in the iPhone 8 Plus have failed, a matter of days after the handset hit shop shelves.
A number of social media users in Taiwan and Japan claim that their new iPhones popped open after being charged, rendering the devices unusable.
It’s believed the phones in question were charged using official Apple cables, with reports suggesting gases inside the device caused them to open at the side.
It’s been speculated that the iPhone 8 Plus is designed to open up if such an issue occurs, thereby preventing an explosion.
Apple will be hoping that the incidents are isolated and not the start of a wider problem, similar to that seen last year with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7.
That phone was discontinued after the batteries Samsung used were found to be too big for their housing, causing them to blow up.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were released a fortnight ago. However, attention is already turning to the iPhone X, which is set to go on pre–order from 23rd October.
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