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Does your iPhone 5s have short battery life? Apple might replace it

Apple’s(s aapl) 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.

24 Responses to “Does your iPhone 5s have short battery life? Apple might replace it”

  1. Went to vodaphone shop where I got my phone, they sent me to the apple store and told me that they will change it but the young lad there did a few things on it told me to see if there was an improvement if not to go back again explained that I had seen the link about poss phones having short battery life he didn’t acknowledge this still having probs with phone but have to now do another 50 mile trip to go back again not impressed at all.

  2. How to replace your iPhone 5S device if you have fast bettery drainage problem. I recently purchased 2850 SR (760 $) but disappointed with the bettery timing even I closes all notifications and background applications which normally I don’t use. Even I didn’t use internet on it.

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  3. I too have had poor luck with battery life, the first week it was good,but now it runs down without much use.I have to charge at least twice a day!
    One of the things that drove me to replace my reliable 4s was longer battery life!UGGHH

  4. Hi,I bought my iPhone 5s 2 weeks ago and I’ve noticed the battery problems. The one I have is the one I changed because the very first 5s I bought was unestable with wifi,sometimes it did work sometimes it didn’t. I couldn’t pay attention to the battery life cuz I didn’t have wifi all the time. Now I’m in Peru where I use 3G and wifi all the time and it’s very sad to see how the battery dicreases with every minute of use,it’s crazy! 1% less with every one or three minutes I’m surfing!!!!

  5. Caryn Goh

    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!

  6. manfai chan

    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.

  7. 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.