Battery life’s always been an issue for many users but for some, it’s more of a problem than the rest. If you own an iPhone 5 and think your smartphone’s battery life needs to be salvaged, Apple might just agree with you this once.
The i-device maker has unveiled a new iPhone 5 battery replacement program for, well, if it isn’t already evident enough, iPhone 5 units that have faulty batteries.
Why so sudden you ask? Because the tech giant’s recently determined that a “very small percentage” of its iPhone 5 units have been suffering from a shorter battery life, meaning they’ve been needy in terms of having to be charged more frequently.
If you believe you’ve got one of these devices, you’ll need to cross check it with Apple’s eligibility requirements. For one, Apple believes that the affected iPhone 5 units were sold sometime between September 2012 and January 2013, in addition to falling within a narrow serial number range.
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Do a check
To make it easier for you, Apple’s set up an eligibility checker on its support page – all you need to do is key in your iPhone 5’s serial number into the checker and it will determine for you if your smartphone is eligible for the program.
And if it is, Apple will replace your iPhone 5 battery for free – just bring it in to any of Apple’s authorised service providers. The replacement process has been rolled out in the US and China (as of 22 August) and will be made available to the rest of the world, along with Malaysia from 29 August.
If you were ahead of the pack and paid to replace your battery prior to the program introduction, fret not; you can contact Apple for a refund.