Shortly after iPhone owners upgraded to the 4S model a growing number of them experienced battery life problems, which affected thousands of people but also just as many had no issues at all. The problem had been so widespread that Apple delivered a fix for the battery with an iOS 5 update, although it took a couple of updates before battery life had been fixed for the majority of people.
Over the last few days we’ve heard that the iPhone 5 is experiencing battery quality problems during production, although this is based on a rumor from this article, and at first this seemed like déjà vu considering we had battery issues first hand with our 4S model last year, but this time it is problems with the battery hardware itself, according to a Chinese news website (Sina.com).
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Apple are known for their high standards in the supply line and they take a tough approach on this thanks to past accusations of cheap labor, and this is shown with this latest rumor. It is being suggested that only 30 percent of the current volume of batteries produced for the iPhone 5 meet standards, which means another vendor has had to help out if Apple are to deliver a timely release date for the iPhone 5.
It does seem strange that we hear about these battery problems at the same time as early release rumors, which reports from ifeng.com state a release date could land as soon as August 2012. It’s good to remember that these sources could have insider information, but the news should be classed as speculation until Apple confirms the details. It would be unlike Apple to launch the iPhone 5 in August, but then the last couple of years have seen Apple become more unpredictable than normal.
The iPhone 5 looks set for a massive redesign and the expected MagSafe 19-pin port did worry some iPhone owners at first, although a concept of an adaptor shows how most compatibility problems can be solved. NFC is another feature almost certain to land on the iPhone 5, although one fake commercial shows how a future iPhone could look but we’d expect this to be many generations away.