After numerous consumer complaints, Apple has finally acknowledged that a small number of iPhone 5s units may have defective batteries, and the company is taking measures to replace the devices, according to The New York Times.
A manufacturing defect on a small number of iPhone 5s has resulted in shorter battery life and delayed charging times.
Apple spokesperson Teresa Brewer said that her company has recently discovered manufacturing defects on few units of iPhone 5s smartphones which resulted in reduced battery life and longer charging times. Teresa also said that they are reaching out to the customers who have the defected devices and will replace their defective devices with new devices.
The Cupertino-based tech company didn’t say how many units have been affected, but the number may run into thousands. Apple sold over 9 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c units in its first weekend of its launch, though it didn’t provide the breakdown of the sold devices. Apple also didn’t say how the manufacturing problem will be addressed. The iPhone 5s is claimed to provide 250 hours of standby time and 10 hours of talk time.
Meanwhile, Apple’s newest tablet, the iPad Air, which went on sale on Nov. 1, has been receiving rave reviews because of its improved usability and incredible performance as the iPad Air is much thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor the iPad 4. The iPad Air has the new 64-bit A7 processor combined with the M7 motion processor, which makes it 80% faster than the iPad 4 and 500% faster than the iPad 2. The iPad Air with 16GB of storage cost $499.
The iPad mini 2, which now has a Retina display, will go on sale later in November, though Apple didn’t say exactly when. But we can easily say that it’s due to supply issues. Even Apple CEO Tim Cook didn’t know if the devices will be produced in enough numbers, and whether the devices will be ready to be shipped in within November.
Apple launched the iPad Air and the iPad mini 2 at an event on Oct. 22.