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?

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  • T_T ?

    I think there is a typo in the blog. You are referring to the 5s twice?

    “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 5s battery is 3.8 V, 5.45 Wh, 1440 mAh, which Apple says can have up to 8 hours of 3G talk time.”

  • ogima

    i think the second iphone 5s should be iphone 5 instead? haha…

  • Whoops, fixed. Yes, the second mention was supposed to be ‘iPhone 5’, not iPhone 5s.

  • wuju

    Is there a way I can check if my iPhone 5S is affected? My iPhone 5S battery does not seem to hold battery that long. Not sure….

  • rmanuel

    How would apple know if there is an actual problem, would they just take the customer’s word for it?

  • Chrome262

    Manufacturing problem, they know which batch or lot has the issue. Customers might not notice it, especially if they charge over night. Unless it takes way longer than that. But since they know which ones are doing it, if you roll in and say yours has issues with the battery, they will know if its on the list or not. Not to say you don’t have issues if its not on the list, just that the defect is documented.

  • Chrome262

    I looked around on the web, but so far no one has listed any serial numbers or batch numbers.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Battery life on my 5S is noticeably better than it was on my 5.