IPhone 8 battery swelling reports have caught Apple's attention

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Whilst there are nearly always a few incidents of this kind for new iPhone models, it certainly seems like there have been more than usual for the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

So far, the cases that have come to light demonstrate similar characteristics; the screen of the phone split away from the device's aluminum body.

Originally, a single user in Japan experienced this issue after leaving their phone to charge overnight using the official Apple charger. Soon after the launch, a user from Taiwan claimed that her iPhone 8 Plus split open while it was charging. And in the days since, there've been cases in China, Canada, and Greece.

"We are aware and looking into it", said an Apple spokesperson to this news organization.

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Rachel Rothman, chief technologist in the Good Housekeeping Institute, says it's important for users to remember that none of these reports have been confirmed, and even if they are, the battery issues maybe been limited to a small batch of phones. In any manufacturing run that big, there are going to be occasional issues, so on some level seeing a few broken iPhones is expected. There's a possibility that this issue will become more prominent over time.

A number of fans from across the world have reported problems with their shiny handsets, with some posting images on Twitter. The chemical makeup of lithium-ion batteries and the energy they store can however make them a potential hazard with any kind of fault. In past when reports of iPhone6 Plus bending emerged, Apple diplomatically said, "With normal use, a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus". Reports surfaced earlier in the week about a possible battery problem.

Correction October 6th, 4:37PM ET: The first swollen battery report occurred in Taiwan, not Thailand.

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