Apple has acknowledged that a manufacturing issue has affected battery life for a limited number of iPhone 5s devices and will replace those phones free of charge.

Battery Life

Apple’s new iPhone 5s is supposed to get up to 10 hours of battery life, but some users are experiencing results far short of that. Apple has acknowledged the problem, chalking it up to a manufacturing issue, and will replace all affected devices.

Teresa Brewer, an Apple spokeswoman, told the New York Times, “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. We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone.”

So it appears that Apple is aware of exactly which phones were affected in the production process, and if you own one of those devices, Apple will contact you, rather than the other way around. It isn’t clear when or how this will happen, though.

How much battery life should you be getting anyway? Here are the stats from Apple’s site:

  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours
  • Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

Of course, these are numbers for the best case scenario, so I wouldn’t expect real-world usage to turn in results quite so high. Anecdotally, I’m usually able to make it through a full day of medium usage with my brightness set to auto. If you find yourself falling somewhat shy of that, check out these tips to improve your phone’s battery life.

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  1. 1hr of doing nothing and battery goes from 100% to 80%. Turn off 3G and sorting out some pictures for 5min battery drops to 75%. Not such a good experience on the first day of using a brand new phone.

  2. Evey, mine was like that too the first day. Now after week or so, the battery has improved a lot after a few charges.

  3. I got the new Iphone 5S 32 GB the phone don’t even last me a half day.  I have to have my charger with me and look for any outlet to pluin to this is just feel like Samsung phone. When you watch 110 minutes video the phone get so hot and of course the battery is down to low.  I have the iphone 4S and the battery life are must more better I don’t have to carry my charger with me I only charge that phone at  night. I am using my new iphone the same way I used my old but the New ipone 5S can not even come close when it come to the battery life.  I’m very disappointed with Apple. I call apple tech support they give me the run around at. I think we should have a class action lawsuit to apple because they are selling a product that don’t even come close to what they advertise to consumer. stats from Apple’s site:  Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3GStandby time: Up to 250 hoursInternet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-FiVideo playback: Up to 10 hoursAudio playback: Up to 40 hours The battery Life of Iphone 5s are only in the dreamworld because the reality don’t match what apple claim.

    1. but samsung phones last 2 days without charge.

  4. Battery only 4 hour even dont use
    5 s 32 gb $300 phone

  5. it’s still better, iphone 5s in Indonesia has a price around $1000

  6. 860 EUR phone here in Greece
    The battery after 2 hours usage and 3 hours and 20 min standby is 62 %
    I dont know if its good or no

  7. Screw that !! In India 900$ for 16GB version, and I had to charge my battery once again after 2:30usage and 3:10 standby.

  8. Wanna get good battery ? Try moto x from Motorola people don’t get caught by apple n rip off your money just like that .

  9. The battery life of the iPhone 5s is always short in the beginning after couple of charges the battery life will get a lot better.

    1. Haleigh Nicole Hubbard mohwaili Thursday, December 26, 2013

      what do u mean its always short in beginning and gets better battery life that doesn’t make sense

  10. So damn dissapointed with the battery performance! It is worse than my two years old iPhone 4 with updated iOS! After a week of usage, sent my iPhone 5s 32GB to service centre, the technician gave the excuses that It is bcoz that I put the 3G on all day long! What the f! I asked him, who on this earth doesnt use 3G u tell me!? What kind of reason they are giving?? Then even further explained that this is due to the background appilcation notification! What the hack u r talking about?? Meaning is this phone doesnt serve for all these purposes?? Smart phone??
    I am always Apple supporter, this damn stupid iPhone 5s performance truly dissapointing me… I agreed with Manfai chan, I think we should have a class action lawsuit to apple because they are selling a product that don’t even come close to what they advertise to consumer!

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