While some users had been experiencing battery life issues with their new iPhone 5s devices, they were just hoping that the battery needed to be used and trained into a cycle. While this seemed odd to have battery life issues with a new device, owners were hopeful that this was just a minor issue, or possibly even a software bug that was affecting select iPhone 5s devices. However, Apple has confirmed that the battery life issue on select new iPhones is not software, but rather being caused by a manufacturing issue.
While Apple did not provide any details as to how many devices have been affected by the manufacturing issue, it is estimated that it is in the thousands range, which means it is a pretty small percentage of devices. Below is Apple’s statement on the matter.
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.”
If you believe that your device has been affected by this manufacturing defect, hold tight. Apple is contacting owners of defective units to offer them a replacement device soon. This is good to see that Apple is owning up to manufacturing issues and contacting the owners of the affected devices, rather than depending on them to notice it and contact Apple themselves. Do you own an iPhone 5s that you think has a defective battery? Drop a comment below or tweet me @TiP_Griffin.