The iPhone 15 Pro has only been around for a week but it's already starting to find that it has its own antennagate-like situation to deal with. People have been complaining of overheating iPhones, although the issue is far from impacting all owners. But things just got ratcheted up a notch after a photo appeared online that appears to show an iPhone's battery becoming swollen.
Swollen batteries do happen of course, but they can be dangerous. In this instance, the swollen battery appears to have started to push the iPhone's display out, causing the deformation you see above.
While batteries have been swelling in iPhones and indeed all phones for years, the added complication of the heat situation makes this instance more notable.
'Realized the phone is actually swelling'
"Picked up the phone on Monday and didn’t notice it then," the iPhone's owner explain in the Reddit post. "Put on a case a couple days ago and noticed it didn’t fit right. Was going order a new case but then realized the phone is actually swelling. Still works for now."
To be clear, we wouldn't suggest using or charging an iPhone whose battery has started to swell.
Perhaps most interesting is the fact the owner says they went to an Apple Store for help but they were told to take it back to the place of purchase for assistance. That doesn't sound like the kind of response we would expect, especially if everything went down the way we're told it did. It's possible there's more to this story than we see at first blush, but it doesn't look great out of the gate.
As for the iPhone 15 Pro overheating situation, Apple says that it's normal and that there are a few things you can do to help.
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You mean this one pic that looks like the iPhone was pried open with a can opener.Reply
Made in India, says it allReply
simonmann said:Made in India, says it all
The can opener was made in India. Because it looked like it worked pretty well.
Definitely a swollen battery. You can tell by the way the screen is curved. The battery is bulging.Reply
You can tell by the damage to the titanium frame that the display was pried open.Reply
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Everyone can see the significant damage to the titanium frame and the bent display for where he pried it open with a can opener.Reply
Wonder what is stopping him from posting more pics on spicy pillow.
With all this controversy, I'm glad I didn't rush out and buy a 15 Pro or PM. This seems like a good year to let the dust settle and spend your money wisely.Reply
You already have a 14 pro max and even if you were to want the latest and greateat, you won’t be able to get one until November due to it being completely sold out.Reply
But I guess a single user that pried open their iPhone 15 pro max with a can opener isn’t stopping android users from switching to the new iPhone en masse. Can’t wait to see what happens next week when the iPhone 15 launches in Korea
Hello pig, meet lipstick.Reply