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Chinese investigate the incredible popping iPhone 8

Chinese investigate the incredible popping iPhone 8

At the time of writing reports include devices in China, Canada, Greece, Japan and Taiwan, forcing Apple to officially look into it.

In case you wondered, both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are stuck together using water-resistant adhesive and getting that removed is a chore on its own. The images show an iPhone 8 Plus split open with its internals visible. An Apple spokesperson said the company is looking into the matter and declined to comment further but so far we have yet to see any development from the tech giant's side as to why this is happening.

On its website on Thursday, China's state-backed ThePaper.cn cited an iPhone buyer surnamed Liu as saying his newly purchased iPhone 8 Plus arrived cracked open on October 5.

Chris Ogden of Rochester, New York told us that he had used his 256GB silver iPhone 8 Plus for a week when he noticed the device had been swelling so much that it actually split the screen open.

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While reports of swelling batteries is a serious concern, there have been no reports of any of them catching fire. There was no external sign of burning nor any chemical reaction, and the phone's insides were exposed. There were only around 100 confirmed incidents of the Note 7 actually catching fire. Nevertheless, considering Apple's scale, even a minute failure rate will affect quite a few users. Apple needs the iPhone 8 to do well in China to make up for the fact that sales on its cash cow are dying.

Such incidents will surely downplay the popularity of Apple's latest flagship, which is already being reported to have a comparatively slower start.

The iPhone 8 has been getting indifferent reviews and share prices of in the company are falling. However, it is also said that many Apple fans are awaiting iPhone X's release due in November. This leads us to believe that the phone may burst into flames like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 past year.


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