More Incidents Surface of iPhone 8 Plus Devices Burst Open Due to Possible Battery Failure

A small but increasing number of iPhone 8 Plus owners have shared pictures of their devices burst open due to possible battery failure.

iphone 8 plus 1

iPhone 8 Plus with display popped out via MacRumors reader Anthony Wu

MacRumors reader Anthony Wu‏, from Toronto, Canada, said he bought and unboxed a new iPhone 8 Plus on Sunday, but he was forced to return it by Monday after the display popped out. The damage was presumably caused by a defective battery inside the iPhone that swelled and placed pressure on the assembly.

We also received a similar photo today of an iPhone 8 Plus with the display burst open from iRepair, an iPhone, iPad, and Mac repair shop in Greece. In this case, we're told the customer unboxed the device last night, plugged it in overnight, and in the morning it looked as it does in the picture below.

iphone 8 plus 2
In the latter case, the customer was supposedly using only an official Apple power adapter and Lightning to USB cable.

There are now at least five cases of possible iPhone 8 Plus battery failure, following reports in Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong last week.

Following the first two reports, an Apple spokeswoman told MacRumors that the company is "aware" and "looking into" the matter. But the company didn't immediately respond to our request for an update on the status of the investigation. Apple routinely looks into any possible safety concerns with its devices.

With millions of iPhones coming off the production line overseas, and thereby millions of lithium-ion batteries being manufactured, it's common in the industry for there to be a very low percentage of defective units.

For that reason, five cases of suspected iPhone 8 Plus battery failure out of millions of devices probably isn't much cause for full-blown concern at this point, but we'll continue to monitor the situation to see if a larger trend develops.

By comparison, there were reportedly hundreds of Galaxy Note 7 devices with critical battery-related failures before Samsung recalled and discontinued the device. Some of the devices caught fire, as well, which posed greater safety risks that even prompted the FAA to ban the device from in-cabin use during flights.

Following a lengthy investigation, Samsung eventually admitted that the Galaxy Note 7's battery had a design flaw.

We'll update this article if Apple responds.

Update: A sixth incident of an iPhone 8 Plus burst open has been reported in China by the Oriental Daily News. (Thanks, Edwin!)

Related Forum: iPhone

Popular Stories

iPhone 15 Pro Cameras

iPhone 17 Pro Max Will Be First Model to Feature Three 48MP Cameras

Thursday July 11, 2024 12:20 am PDT by
Next year's iPhone 17 Pro Max will feature an upgraded 48-megapixel Tetraprism camera for enhanced photo quality and zoom functionality, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In his n-iphone-tetraprism-upgrade-ca62dd37e364">latest investor note published to Medium, Kuo said the key specification change would be a 1/2.6" 48MP CIS sensor, up from the 1/3.1" 12MP sensor expected to be used...
Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID Single Camera Hole

10 Reasons to Wait for Next Year's iPhone 17

Monday July 8, 2024 5:00 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone development roadmap runs several years into the future and the company is continually working with suppliers on several successive iPhone models simultaneously, which is why we sometimes get rumored feature leaks so far ahead of launch. The iPhone 17 series is no different – already we have some idea of what to expect from Apple's 2025 smartphone lineup. If you plan to skip...
maxresdefault

Apple's AirPods Pro 2 vs. Samsung's Galaxy Buds3 Pro

Saturday July 13, 2024 8:00 am PDT by
Samsung this week introduced its latest earbuds, the Galaxy Buds3 Pro, which look quite a bit like Apple's AirPods Pro 2. Given the similarities, we thought we'd compare Samsung's new earbuds to the AirPods Pro. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Design wise, you could potentially mistake Samsung's Galaxy Buds3 Pro for the AirPods Pro. The Buds3 Pro have the same...
iPhone 16 Pro Front Update Blue

iPhone 16 Pro Rumored to Support 40W Fast Charging and 20W MagSafe

Wednesday July 10, 2024 3:57 am PDT by
Apple's forthcoming iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will support 40W wired fast charging and 20W MagSafe charging, claims a rumor currently swirling around China. Right now, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models are capable of up to 27W peak charging speeds with an appropriate USB-C power adapter, while official MagSafe chargers from Apple and authorized third parties can wirelessly charge...

Top Rated Comments

bladerunner2000 Avatar
89 months ago
I expect the same vitriol towards Apple on this forum when this was an issue for Samsung.
Score: 79 Votes (Like | Disagree)
paulywalnuts23 Avatar
89 months ago
I expect the same vitriol towards Apple on this forum when this was an issue for Samsung.
First off it is five cases and secondly the phone isn't bursting into flames.

SMH
Score: 62 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bigsk8r Avatar
89 months ago
That easy screen replacement feature isn't supposed to enable by itself.
Score: 58 Votes (Like | Disagree)
willmtaylor Avatar
89 months ago
I expect the same vitriol towards Apple on this forum when this was an issue for Samsung.
Why? The situations (as of now) are not the same.

The number of incidents is not the same. The instances/circumstances themselves aren't the same.
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djeeyore25 Avatar
89 months ago
I bet ifixit.com is disappointed they didn't get a phone with this defect. Their teardown job would have been much easier.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DEMinSoCAL Avatar
89 months ago
Finally! An end to all the anti-Note 7 battery BS here...there is finally an iPhone 8 battery screw-up. Waiting for apologies from those bashing the Note 7 for it's battery issues in 3...2...1...crickets.

Hopefully by next week, the iPhone 8 will be banned from commercial airlines. :)
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)