Apple may have a bit of a situation on their hands. Before I jump into this I do want to clarify that this issue seems to be very limited in scope and, so far, there doesn’t seem to be any danger to the public. With that said, the iPhone 8 swelling battery saga is continuing to grow.
You may recall that there was a story right after the release of the iPhone 8 where a woman in Taiwan reported that, while charging, her iPhone 8 battery expanded/exploded/whatever terminology you want to use. Obviously, for a lot of people, this brings up memories of last year’s Galaxy Note 7 launch and the famously unreliable batteries that caught fire and got banned from airplanes. Is Apple facing a PR nightmare like Samsung went through?
Right now, it’s too early to say how big this issue could be for Apple. To their credit, this battery expansion issue is the “proper” way a battery is supposed to fail. Obviously it would be great if batteries never failed but that isn’t really realistic for a mass produced product like the iPhone 8. When a properly designed battery fails it is supposed to expand without exploding, shorting, or catching fire. The images may look dramatic but, in reality, no one was in any real danger.