As with every issue that has popped up over the years, this is not an epidemic, but an apparent defect being observed by a relatively small number of users. Those numbers can add up, however, as Apple sells a lot of iPhones. That said, some users are seeing the display on their newly purchased iPhone 8 Plus handsets bulge out from the chassis. Have a look at the phenomenon.
Image Source: MacRumors via iRepair
Obviously the iPhone 8 Plus is not supposed to do that—it is not a feature, nor is it the result of someone holding it wrong, not unless they are able to squeeze the sides of the handset with Hulk-like strength. The above photo was taken by iRepair, an Apple device repair shop in Greece. The customer who brought the phone in for repair says it happened overnight while the iPhone 8 Plus was plugged in and charging. Supposedly the customer was using an official power adapter and cable from Apple.
There are a handful of incidents of this same problem being reported around the web. In some cases, the iPhone 8 Plus is already damaged immediately upon unboxing, such as this one:
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The customer who purchase the iPhone 8 Plus in the photo above says it was already busted when he opened the retail packaging, and that the SIM card had popped out. That is not something you want to see when buying a brand new phone.
iPhoneが昨日より膨らんでる。— まごころ (@Magokoro0511) September 25, 2017
Apple over the weekend told MacRumors that it is aware of the situation and is looking into it. There has not been an update since then. Until one comes, we suggest that anyone who purchases an iPhone 8 Plus to examine it closely (and often) for signs that the internal battery may be swelling.
Thumbnail Image Source: MacRumors via Anthony Wu