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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Powered Down: Your iPhone 5S Battery May Need To Be Replaced

iphone-5s-batteryApple debuted its iPhone 5S and 5C last month, and according to the company, the weekend sales for those releases have been the most successful of any iPhone debut weekend to date, selling 9 million units. What has also been great news for Apple is iPhone 5S’s outselling the iPhone 5C. However, today news is surfacing that not everything is good with iPhone 5S, as Apple is letting customers know that there’s an issue affecting the battery in a “limited” number of phones. According to techcrunch.com:

“Apple released a statement today to The New York Times noting that a manufacturing issue has caused shortened battery life in a ‘very limited’ number of iPhone 5s devices. At its introduction, the phone was reported by Apple to have nearly identical life to the iPhone 5, and most tests have borne that out with reviewers seeing identical or slightly improved numbers”

“iPhones do not have user replaceable batteries, making the life of those batteries of paramount importance. In general, iPhones get comparable battery life to other devices in the same size and thickness. Other devices from Motorola, Samsung and more have made design decisions that allow them to get greater battery life by packing in larger or thicker battery packs.”

Although Apple didn’t give an exact number, “The New York Times” hinted that it may be just a few thousand devices. Smartphone companies are not unfamiliar with device problems of this nature. The iPhone 4 had famously had the antenna issue, whereby users experienced decreased signal strength in certain areas. The Samsung Galaxy S4 also had a battery issue with some of their models which it had to supply replacements for recently.

The way the Apple statement read was that the company will be contacting customers who are affected by the manufacturing issue. However, if users suspect their phone is affected, they can always go to the nearest Apple retail store and have it checked out.

Check out the official statement from Apple below:

“We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life,” said Teresa Brewer, an Apple spokeswoman. ‘We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone.’”

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