We have some important news for iPhone 5 owners now, specifically for those that find themselves constantly suffering iPhone 5 battery life problems. In a surprising turn of events, Apple has admitted that some models have been shipped with faulty battery and have now opened up the Apple battery replacement program.
iPhone 5 battery life has been an infamous topic among owners for years since the device shipped. Apple has since been improving iOS software to attempt to combat the problem, but still to this day consumers endure shorter battery life compared to the iPhone 4.
Now, the company has issued a statement on their website and it is as follows:
“Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.”
Now, those in the US and China can head to the Apple battery replacement form here, which is located on Apple’s new website section which has just been set up. Consumers in these countries will be able to head to their nearest Apple store now and organise the replacement.
However, for our readers in India and UK who are looking for their replacement, we can tell you that this will begin on August 29. One important piece of information that you need to know though, is how to determine whether your iPhone 5 is eligible between the dates that Apple has mentioned above.
Locating Serial Number: To do this, you need to locate your iPhone 5 serial number. You can find this in your device settings, but those that need help on this can find another tutorial that Apple has provided on serial numbers here.
Enter that serial number into the box on the replacement website and you will be able to find out if you qualify or not. If you do qualify, remember to back up your data before giving your phone to Apple staff in preparation for a battery replacement.
There we have it. Enter your serial number in the box now and let us know if you are due an upgrade. Are you surprised that it has taken this long for Apple to disclose this information considering that the iPhone 6 launch is around the corner?
Still, a free iPhone 5 battery can only be a good thing. Give us your thoughts on this in the comments.
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