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(Metro)   The iPhone 8 offers another unadvertised feature: popping open and breaking while charging   ( metro.co.uk) divider line
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2017-10-05 02:33:25 PM  
You have to leave space for all the electricitys in the battery. When you fill it up it grows, this is basic stuff. Also don't download too much when surfing the webs, those dump-trucks and tubes... it can get messy.
 
2017-10-05 06:32:50 PM  
How many days until the first story of someone's phone burning or exploding?
 
2017-10-05 06:34:41 PM  
The swelling is likely to have occurred due to gases inside, reports MacRumors.com.


Seems legit.
 
2017-10-05 08:41:06 PM  
The terrorists will call them iED's.
 
2017-10-05 08:45:02 PM  
Let me guess, these phones had been hauled around by a team of eunuchs in armored vehicles, right? Because I'm SURE nobody would shove one in their back pocket or someplace else it could suffer damage and then whine about how "nothing was wrong with it!"
 
2017-10-05 08:46:10 PM  

Darth_Lukecash: The swelling is likely to have occurred due to gases inside, reports MacRumors.com.


Seems legit.


They're mostly just an industry news aggregate website with some fluff pieces thrown in. They were however one of two "news" sites to obtain access to and report on a lot of features in the iOS 11 GM, which in turn had a lot of leaks on the iPhone X, so I suppose there is something there.

I think it's 3 or 4 reports of swelling batteries in the 8. Really nothing considering how many millions are out there. Batteries gunna battery.
 
2017-10-05 08:46:17 PM  
What?  No mass hysteria or warnings that I can't take it on a commercial flight?
 
2017-10-05 08:48:33 PM  
That's step 1 of most self repair jobs done for you right there.
 
2017-10-05 08:57:54 PM  
I don't respond well when brought up on charges either.
 
2017-10-05 08:59:47 PM  

Sean M: What?  No mass hysteria or warnings that I can't take it on a commercial flight?


It wasn't just flights they were banned on. The local commuter railroad banned them, as did the cruise ship I was on at the height of that fiasco.
 
2017-10-05 09:01:04 PM  

akula: Let me guess, these phones had been hauled around by a team of eunuchs in armored vehicles, right? Because I'm SURE nobody would shove one in their back pocket or someplace else it could suffer damage and then whine about how "nothing was wrong with it!"


The pictures look like legit swollen battery cases - not hugely uncommon, and I've seen a bunch of them. Lack of cracking on the screen and the bulge, rather than bend, in the middle are generally the give aways here. They usually occur with older devices, but there's always a few faulty products when you're selling millions of something, it's only a real concern if it's widespread. The battery swells as a safety measure, which is OK, rather than explodes as the Note 7 did.

A swollen battery isn't a massive concern though, and the good thing about Apple is that they'll replace it without any hassle, generally up to 2 years (unless they've changed in the last year, it used to be 3 years).
 
2017-10-05 09:07:18 PM  

maddermaxx: akula: Let me guess, these phones had been hauled around by a team of eunuchs in armored vehicles, right? Because I'm SURE nobody would shove one in their back pocket or someplace else it could suffer damage and then whine about how "nothing was wrong with it!"

The pictures look like legit swollen battery cases - not hugely uncommon, and I've seen a bunch of them. Lack of cracking on the screen and the bulge, rather than bend, in the middle are generally the give aways here. They usually occur with older devices, but there's always a few faulty products when you're selling millions of something, it's only a real concern if it's widespread. The battery swells as a safety measure, which is OK, rather than explodes as the Note 7 did.

A swollen battery isn't a massive concern though, and the good thing about Apple is that they'll replace it without any hassle, generally up to 2 years (unless they've changed in the last year, it used to be 3 years).


Whenever or not it's a huge concern is entirely dependent on the frequency of the occurrences.
 
2017-10-05 09:18:37 PM  
They must be charging it wrong some how, this is a premium phone here, not some Chinese POS.
 
2017-10-05 09:18:50 PM  

akula: Let me guess, these phones had been hauled around by a team of eunuchs in armored vehicles, right? Because I'm SURE nobody would shove one in their back pocket or someplace else it could suffer damage and then whine about how "nothing was wrong with it!"


I submitted this with a different article that indicates at least one phone was this way right out of the box.

https://www.slashgear.com/two-more-iphones-split-at-the-seams-update-​n​ow-3-04502854/

"The cases we've seen so far seem to fall into two categories, with two of each iPhone 8 Plus fitting in either category. One is an iPhone 8 Plus appearing with its display pushed up and out - appearing this way right out the just-opened new device box. The other sort is an iPhone 8 Plus that seemed normal until it was first charged - using official Apple accessories to do so."
 
2017-10-05 09:20:24 PM  

Slaxl: You have to leave space for all the electricitys in the battery. When you fill it up it grows, this is basic stuff. Also don't download too much when surfing the webs, those dump-trucks and tubes... it can get messy.


E = mc^2 !
 
2017-10-05 09:20:53 PM  

maddermaxx: akula: Let me guess, these phones had been hauled around by a team of eunuchs in armored vehicles, right? Because I'm SURE nobody would shove one in their back pocket or someplace else it could suffer damage and then whine about how "nothing was wrong with it!"

The pictures look like legit swollen battery cases - not hugely uncommon, and I've seen a bunch of them. Lack of cracking on the screen and the bulge, rather than bend, in the middle are generally the give aways here. They usually occur with older devices, but there's always a few faulty products when you're selling millions of something, it's only a real concern if it's widespread. The battery swells as a safety measure, which is OK, rather than explodes as the Note 7 did.

A swollen battery isn't a massive concern though, and the good thing about Apple is that they'll replace it without any hassle, generally up to 2 years (unless they've changed in the last year, it used to be 3 years).


This and that. Apple's repair technician training covers, pretty extensively, the different types of battery failures because they are not unheard of thanks to manufacturing defects, wear and tear, abuse, or just plain "chemical batteries sometimes do weird shiat."

Expanded battery soft packs can be kind of cute in a Violet Beauregarde kind of way. The thermal event ones not so much.
 
2017-10-05 09:36:22 PM  

maddermaxx: akula: Let me guess, these phones had been hauled around by a team of eunuchs in armored vehicles, right? Because I'm SURE nobody would shove one in their back pocket or someplace else it could suffer damage and then whine about how "nothing was wrong with it!"

The pictures look like legit swollen battery cases - not hugely uncommon, and I've seen a bunch of them. Lack of cracking on the screen and the bulge, rather than bend, in the middle are generally the give aways here. They usually occur with older devices, but there's always a few faulty products when you're selling millions of something, it's only a real concern if it's widespread. The battery swells as a safety measure, which is OK, rather than explodes as the Note 7 did.

A swollen battery isn't a massive concern though, and the good thing about Apple is that they'll replace it without any hassle, generally up to 2 years (unless they've changed in the last year, it used to be 3 years).


Yeah, I'm sure it CAN happen, I'm just skeptical at any product launch about "they're all going bad." The design of the 8 isn't far removed from that of the 7, and the 6/6s before that. Barring a bad batch of batteries from the supplier, these sound like random failures of new products (happens to everybody) or people trying to claim defects instead of admitting to abuse.

It's when there's tons of problems like with the Note 7 that it's really panic time.
 
2017-10-05 09:37:16 PM  
Shorting out a lithium jump starter. (Part of a larger video.)
Youtube k7eluliAz5E


A short video on lithium packs
 
2017-10-05 10:01:53 PM  

akula: maddermaxx: akula: Let me guess, these phones had been hauled around by a team of eunuchs in armored vehicles, right? Because I'm SURE nobody would shove one in their back pocket or someplace else it could suffer damage and then whine about how "nothing was wrong with it!"

The pictures look like legit swollen battery cases - not hugely uncommon, and I've seen a bunch of them. Lack of cracking on the screen and the bulge, rather than bend, in the middle are generally the give aways here. They usually occur with older devices, but there's always a few faulty products when you're selling millions of something, it's only a real concern if it's widespread. The battery swells as a safety measure, which is OK, rather than explodes as the Note 7 did.

A swollen battery isn't a massive concern though, and the good thing about Apple is that they'll replace it without any hassle, generally up to 2 years (unless they've changed in the last year, it used to be 3 years).

Yeah, I'm sure it CAN happen, I'm just skeptical at any product launch about "they're all going bad." The design of the 8 isn't far removed from that of the 7, and the 6/6s before that. Barring a bad batch of batteries from the supplier, these sound like random failures of new products (happens to everybody) or people trying to claim defects instead of admitting to abuse.

It's when there's tons of problems like with the Note 7 that it's really panic time.


Yeah, definitely. The problem isn't the users though, who probably have legit issues, and it's damn annoying to have a new phone fail on you, but the media that know that OMGYOUGONNADIEWTFBBQ gets clicks and sells papers, no matter what the actual extent of the problem is.
 
2017-10-05 11:07:33 PM  
I had this happen to a 5S of mine.  Damned battery swelled up and cracked the screen.
 
2017-10-06 03:56:02 AM  
FTA: "AppleCare+ users can have the screen fixed for a small service fee of $29, which ain't too bad.
But they charge $99 for repairs of any other damage. And, unfortunately, the new back glass falls under this category. You can throw tax on the end of that as well"

WTF, Apple? Why wouldn't this, an obvious manufacturing defect, be covered under warranty?
 
2017-10-06 04:10:28 AM  
iPhone with (self) removable battery?  Sign me up!
 
2017-10-06 04:24:31 AM  
iPhone is only now catching up? I had a 2010 MacBook with a swollen battery that destroyed the touchpad and bent the body. That wasn't even the first hardware problem with that device. It was also shortly after an OS update crapped all over the hard disk making it unbootable without reformatting.

You tend to run into a lot of issues when you work with computers intensely, but so far there are only two brands I'll never ever work with again: Apple and Western Digital.
 
2017-10-06 06:05:12 AM  

GrailOfThunder: FTA: "AppleCare+ users can have the screen fixed for a small service fee of $29, which ain't too bad.
But they charge $99 for repairs of any other damage. And, unfortunately, the new back glass falls under this category. You can throw tax on the end of that as well"

WTF, Apple? Why wouldn't this, an obvious manufacturing defect, be covered under warranty?


It almost certainly will be, that bit seems to be an addendum to the article about general repair costs unrelated to the battery swelling issue, along with the other addendum about the ear crackle.
 
2017-10-06 08:45:23 AM  
Hey, Samsung has had exploding batteries for years. Apple is so far behind!
 
2017-10-06 05:33:41 PM  

blodyholy: Darth_Lukecash: The swelling is likely to have occurred due to gases inside, reports MacRumors.com.


Seems legit.

They're mostly just an industry news aggregate website with some fluff pieces thrown in. They were however one of two "news" sites to obtain access to and report on a lot of features in the iOS 11 GM, which in turn had a lot of leaks on the iPhone X, so I suppose there is something there.

I think it's 3 or 4 reports of swelling batteries in the 8. Really nothing considering how many millions are out there. Batteries gunna battery.


Yeah, they're sorta the 'official' sanctioned gadflies of Mac crap.  If it's something that seriously "This guy we know heard it from his cousin's hairdresser" they present it with that caveat as a rule.
 
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