Apple released a statement today to The New York Times accepting that a manufacturing issue has affected iPhone 5s battery life in a few iPhone 5s devices. The statement reads:
“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.”
In its report, the NY Times distinguishes between a “manufacturing issue” and a “defective battery”, suggesting the problem may have occurred during the assembly of the device rather than there being an issue with any of its various parts.
A user on Apple’s support pages describes how their 5S battery appeared to be draining at a much faster rate than the one in their old iPhone 4 handset, even with all functions switched off. Though Apple didn’t guarantee on the number of devices affected with his issue but are replacing them after being reported. Apple nearly sold 9 Million new iPhones on launch weekend in late September.
So it appears that Apple is aware of exactly which phones were affected in the production process, and if you own one of those devices, Apple will contact you and replace iPhone 5s, rather than the other way around. It isn’t clear when or how this will happen, though.
How much battery life should you be getting anyway? Here are the stats from Apple’s site:
- Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
- Standby time: Up to 250 hours
- Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
- Video playback: Up to 10 hours
- Audio playback: Up to 40 hours