Some Apple iPhone 5s units have problems with battery life and will be replaced

Some Apple iPhone 5s units have problems with battery life and will be replaced
If it feels like your new Apple iPhone 5s isn't providing you with the kind of battery life you were expecting, you might not be as paranoid as your friends tell you that you are. According to no less an August publication like the New York Times, some units of the full-featured iPhone have been affected by a "recently discovered" manufacturing issue that decreases the battery life on the handset, or makes it longer for the cell to recharge. Either way, iPhone 5s users can't be terribly happy about this.

Apple spokeswoman Teresa Brewer says that the Cupertino based manufacturer will replace those units with replacement models. While Apple wouldn't reveal the number of affected units, indications are that the number is in the thousands. Apple itself, says that the problem involves a "limited number" of iPhone 5s handsets.

According to the manufacturer, the battery on both the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c can stay alive through 250 hours of standby time, 10 hours of 3G talk, 10 hours of video playback and 40 hours of audio. Some iPhone users have complained about shorter battery life on older models since the update to iOS 7.

If you have been having an issue with the battery life on your Apple iPhone 5s, or any older model iPhone, tell us all about it by commenting in the box below.

source: NYTimes via CNET

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iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. deathbydesigner

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

I am lucky if I get through half of my work day on my 5s battery

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I feel you. My S3 only lasts three hours now (battery has gone through over 900 cycles) and can't stand it anymore.

6. ilia1986 unregistered

My GS3 has 4-4.5 hours of screen time or 2-3 hours + 16-22 hours in standby. Courtesy of Slimbean 4.3.1 build 2. I also have lots of widgets and don't bother turning off wifi or gps.

9. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Get a new battery. That's the beauty of a removable back ;)

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Getting the Note 3. ;)

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Case closed lol. +1

2. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Bet you're paying a premium for that feature.

3. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Ios 7 is the problem altogether my mums iPhoner4s used to last the whole day with just checking sms and calling with ios 6, now barley using and its gone the standby time is awful.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Welcome to Apple's update cycle. They have determined your mom is due for a hardware upgrade whether you like it or not. Please go to the nearest Apple store, pay a premium for a futureproof phone guaranteed to be outdated and due for an upgrade in two years (or if they get serious, by the next iOS update).

4. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Because it "just works".

7. ilia1986 unregistered

Another day, another problem with an apple product. Another very good day.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

My work 5s takes a lot longer to charge than my iphone 5 did but it still charges a lot faster than the HTC One or other Android handsets did. Which makes sense since it has a tiny battery.

10. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Bu bu bu the solid build quality.

11. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Its not only battery life problem and have fun: Im sure soon, some iFans will say: I dont have this problem, all working fine. :p

12. nirvana20alstrs

Posts: 2; Member since: May 21, 2013

My iPhone 5s Takes like 2 hours and a lil more to charge! Is that normal? This Is the first time am using an iPhone so that's why am wondering. :o

13. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

"YOUR CHARGING IT WRONG!!!" yells Steve Jobs from the afterlife.

15. Commbubba19

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Let's say it's 9999 iphone 5s' with bad batteries. I believe they sold 4 million handsets (which I believe is lower than reality based on sales reports) when released. If you do the math, that's .2% of all iPhone 5s' have the issue. Only absolute fools are being legitimate for lambasting Apple for this. Manufacturing flaws happen especially on the production scale that are smart phones.

16. deejay52420

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Call me an iPhone fan boy if you'd like but my battery life is nice i can't complain about it at all..

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