Apple’s new replacement program will fix the bad battery in your iPhone 5

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Apple has launched a new iPhone 5 battery replacement program for a “small percentage” of iPhone 5 devices that “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.”

If that sounds like you and you bought your iPhone 5 between September 2012 and January 2013, you might be eligible for a free replacement. The program is currently only available in the U.S. and China, but more countries will be added on August 29th.

To find out, visit Apple’s website and enter in your iPhone’s serial number. Apple will run a check and see if you fall within the affected batch of devices. If so, you can take your iPhone 5 to any Apple store, online tech support, or authorized reseller for a battery swap.

The rest of us have to just suck it up.

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