One of the most frustrating parts about owning an iPhone 5 is the shoddy battery life. If you’re like me, you’ve probably had to employ numerous tactics to try to stretch your battery to last the entire day. Maybe you put it into airplane mode when you’re not using the network, or you’ve turned off auto updates, or you’ve turned off out-of-app synching. You’ll pretty much try anything to avoid getting the battery down to the 40% level where the phone can power down at any given moment.
But now, just in time for the anticipated September 9th unveiling of the iPhone 6, Apple is offering to replace the funky battery in certain iPhone 5 units. The company says devices sold between September 2012 and January 2013 may be eligible for a free battery replacement. All you need to do is check to see if your serial number fits the requirement.
If your phone is eligible, Apple will replace the battery at an Apple Store, authorized dealer, or you can send it in to Apple tech support. The company says it will guarantee the life of the battery for two years once the new battery is installed.
There is a bit of a catch though, as Apple will only fix the battery if there are no outstanding problems that could affect battery life, such as a cracked screen. You’ll have to pay to fix any physical problems before getting the new battery.
The repair program gets underway this Friday in Canada.