Apple is investigating a sequence of stories about battery issues with a few of its new iPhone eight Plus telephones.
Over the past week, six stories have come to gentle which present the telephones splitting aside quickly after they begin for use.
In all circumstances the battery contained in the telephone has swollen rendering the telephone unusable.
It isn’t but clear whether or not the swollen batteries are a couple of remoted circumstances or are indicative of a much bigger situation.
The primary report about an affected iPhone eight Plus got here from Taiwan. Telephones with related issues have now emerged in Japan, China, Canada, Greece and Hong Kong.
In an announcement, Apple mentioned it was conscious of the stories and was “trying into” what might need prompted the fault.
Apple information web site MacRumours, which reported the primary incident, said given the huge number of iPhones that had been manufactured it was “widespread” for there to be a “very low share of faulty items”.
In a weblog, Sam Jaffe, from analysts Cairn Energy Research Advisors, mentioned battery bloat usually occurred on the finish of a battery’s helpful life. To have it occur quickly after a product launch was troubling, he mentioned.
“It may very well be a minor distribution of a random manufacturing error,” wrote Mr Jaffe.
“If it is a bit bit greater than that, Apple would possibly shortly be capable of establish the battery manufacturing line that is accountable, shut it down and maintain making iPhone 8s with none extra points,” he added.
Apple’s issues observe Samsung’s expertise with its Galaxy Word 7 final 12 months.
A whole bunch of defective Galaxy Word 7s had been reported as defective quickly after that gadget launched. The size of the failure prompted Samsung to recall and discontinue the handset. The issue was traced to a design flaw.