There’s no shortage of people moaning about iPhone 5 battery life, but there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon if you’re constantly finding yourself short of juice.
Apple concedes that a small batch of iPhone 5s (that’s iPhone 5 plural as opposed to iPhone 5S) is actually faulty, and potentially eligible for free battery replacement.
The scheme is detailed in full over on Apple’s website, under iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program.
The Californians explain: “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.”
The program kicks off on August 22 in the US and China, with “other countries” (presumably including the UK; we’re certainly in the country list on the left) following on August 29.
In the meantime, a handy checker will confirm if you’re eligible for free iPhone 5 battery replacement (here’s how to find your iPhone serial number).
Assuming you get the green light, you’re invited to pop along to an Apple Retail Store or get in touch with Apple Technical Support. Cook & Co ask that you first back up your data with iTunes/iCloud, turn off Find my iPhone, and finally erase all content and settings.
Concerned about your iPhone 5 battery life? Eligible for a free battery replacement? Feel free to write words below.