Apple to Replace “Limited Number” of iPhone 5S Models with Battery Issues

Apple has released a statement to the New York Times stating a limited number of iPhone 5s units are dealing with a manufacturing issue related to the battery, which in some cases is shortening battery life for some users:

“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.”

The batteries aren’t defective, rather the issue is a result of a manufacturing issue. Apple declined to mention how many units were affected but did say customers with affected devices will receive free replacements.

The iPhone 5s has a 3.8V, 5.92Wh, 1560mAh battery according to iFixit’s teardown, good for 10 hours of 3G talk time as claimed by Apple. The iPhone 5 battery is 3.8 V, 5.45 Wh, 1440 mAh, which Apple says can have up to 8 hours of 3G talk time.

The iPhone 5s along with the iPhone 5c sold over 9 million units during its opening weekend.

How’s your iPhone 5s battery life so far?