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San Francisco, Oct 1, 2017: A user from Taiwan claimed her iPhone 8 Plus, which belongs to Apple’s latest line-up of devices, split open while it was charging.

“So far, the finger of blame is being pointed at the battery. Unconfirmed reports state the iPhone 8 Plus uses the same battery manufacturer, Amperex Technology Limited (ATL), as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7”, The Next Web reported late on Friday.

The screen of the device bulged out five days after the user purchased it.

The woman had purchased a 64GB “Rose Gold” iPhone 8 Plus and she put it on charge, using the supplied cable and adaptor.

“After about three minutes, she reported seeing the front panel bulge, and eventually lift completely from the device”, the report added.

The Cupertino-headquartered giant is currently investigating reports of iPhone 8 Plus splitting open and the reason remains unclear as of now.

Similar reports have emerged from Japan where one owner claimed his phone arrived in a state with the screen visibly detached from the body.

However, there have been no reports of visible evidence of burn marks.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were made available from September 22 in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, the UK and other countries.

Apple launched iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, starting at Rs 64,000, in India on Friday while pre-bookings had started on September 22.

The iPhone X will arrive in India on November 3, starting at Rs 89,000. (IANS)

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iPhone X gets 35% of total handset industry profits in Q4 2017

Apple and Samsung flagship models lead in terms of profits as compared to other OEMs

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As global handset profits dipped 1 per cent (year-on-year) in the fourth quarter of 2017, Apple X alone generated 35 per cent of the total handset industry profits, helping the iPhone maker grow 1 per cent (YoY) in the same quarter, a new report said on Tuesday.

According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Q4 2017, the premium smartphone market did not grow as expected while Apple remained the most profitable brand, capturing 86 per cent of the total handset market profits.

Apple is also working on the new iPhone. IANS

“Apple grew 1 per cent (YoY) even with the iPhone X being available for only two months in Q4 2017. The iPhone X alone generated 21 per cent of total industry revenue and 35 per cent of total industry profits during the quarter,” Research Analyst Karn Chauhan said in a statement.

“The share of iPhone X is likely to grow as it advances further into its life-cycle. Additionally, the longer shelf life of all iPhones ensured that Apple still has eight out of top 10 smartphones, including its three-year-old models, generating the most profits compared to current competing smartphones from other OEMs,” Chauhan informed.

The global smartphone market has already reached its peak with longer replacement cycles and key smartphone OEMs are now under pressure to book profits. “Chinese OEMs cumulative profits crossed $1.3 billion during Q4 2017. This was driven by the increased mix of mid to high-end smartphones. In fact, the average selling price (ASP) of their flagship devices also increased YoY,” added Associate Director Tarun Pathak.

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Key Chinese players like Huawei, OPPO and Vivo are now looking to scale up the price band, by leveraging their inhouse manufacturing capabilities and bringing innovation to their devices, he added. iPhone X generated 5 times more profits than the combined profits of over 600 Android OEMs during Q4 2017.

Apple and Samsung flagship models lead in terms of profits as compared to other OEMs. Huawei was the leading brand among all the Chinese brands, with profit increasing 59 per cent (YoY). “With an increased mix of flagship sales for key Chinese brands, we expect profit share of Chinese players to grow in the coming quarters,” the report added. IANS

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