Lightning iPhone 5 chargerOn Friday, Apple announced its iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program which will replace the battery of some iPhone 5 users for free. Apple found out that some iPhone 5 were manufactured with defective batteries causing them to have a lower-than-expected battery life and needing to be charged more often. Only a small percentage of iPhone 5 devices are having battery problems, according to Apple. Those devices having this problem were iPhone 5 sold between September 2012 and January 2013. If you have any battery problems with your iPhone 5, you can check if it’s eligible for free battery replacement at Apple’s iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program site. In the page, you can check for eligibility by entering your iPhone’s serial number. The program is already available in US and China and will be available in other countries starting August 29.

Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. The affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range.

Before taking your iPhone to an Apple Store, you’ll need to back up your data using iTunes or iCloud. You’ll need to disable Find My iPhone from the device before handing it to an Apple retail employee.

This is not the first time Apple have had manufacturing problems with the iPhone 5. Back in April the company also announced that they will replace the power button for free for devices manufactured manufactured through March 2013.

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