Apple is facing the prospect of an iPhone 8 sales meltdown following reports that some units in the Far East have popped open due to the battery swelling.
"[Swelling is] very unusual for a brand-new battery and leads toward the direction of there's something fundamentally wrong with this battery", says Sam Jaffe, managing director of Cairn Energy Research Advisors, in a phone call with The Verge. Numerous individuals affected posted pictures of their phones on social media, which depicted bloated-looking devices where the screens were detached from their aluminum bodies.
The reports bear an ominous parallel to similar problems reported with Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 a year ago when a handful of phones caught fire - and the issue quickly exploded to include more than 100 allegations of self-detonating li-ion batteries, and led to a mass recall of the Android handset. Mashable also received a tip from a reader who claims his new iPhone 8 Plus split open after just a week of use.
In an incident in Greece, another user told MacRumors that their phone's battery swelled after they unboxed the device and plugged it in overnight. More details emerging on the Taiwanese issue claimed that the battery of the iPhone 8 had swollen to an unusal amount.
If you think your phone might be swelling, or feels warm, unplug it immediately and turn it off.
"Even if these reports are true, they may be isolated incidents". Use caution while charging your phone and never leave your phone to charge on your bed, sofa, or any other soft/flammable surface.