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It has been barely a week since the Cupertino-based smartphone firm, Apple Inc. released its newest flagship the iPhone 8 on sale to a few countries around the world and now the device has been hit with a controversy which could tarnish the company’s and also the phone’s reputation. We have seen this happen both on South Korean-based Electronics firm, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., when their handset, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was recalled because of battery explosion.

According to Quartz, reports from across China and Taiwan are starting to trickle in that the iPhone 8’s battery is expanding during charging which in turn has seen the screen panel lifting out of its body and the phone subsequently falling apart at the seams.

In some of the tweets that were shared, by @Magokoro0511 shows that the user claims his device was shipped in this condition while another user from Taiwan, identified as Ms Wu, experienced the issue just five days after purchasing the phone.

In the tweet translated, stated that “iPhone rut than it was yesterday. Apple would soon recover and come!”

According to the Next Web, Wu placed the phone on charge, using the supplied cable and adaptor. After three minutes, she reported seeing the front panel bulge, and eventually lift completely from the device. The same report revealed that the phone was later collected by courier and shipped to Apple for analysis.

Reports claim that Apple’s spokesperson confirmed that they are aware and looking into the situation.