Apple extends its iPhone 5 battery replacement program until 2016

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Is this a familiar sight for your iPhone 5?
Is this a familiar sight for your iPhone 5?

Battery life is one of the most discussed aspects of the iPhone, but some handsets have it worse than others.

If you bought an iPhone 5 in the six month window between September 2012 and January 2013, you could be eligible for a free replacement due to a battery fault.

Apple first launched its iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program back in August 2014, and has now extended it past its original deadline of March 1, 2015 to January next year. That means that if you’re one of the affected customers, and you’ve not yet done anything about it, you’ve still got a bit longer to do so.

Apple Watch battery will require nightly charging

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Apple Watch supply is finally catching up with demand.
Trust me, you'll want one. Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac
Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Apple crushed its introduction of the Apple Watch yesterday in Cupertino, but while Kevin Lynch and Jony were waxing poetic about the design of watch and its revolutionary UI, there was one feature everyone steered clear of: battery life.

Other than introducing the new inductive charging cable, Apple was mum on how long its timepiece will stay charged. According to a report from Recode, that’s because Apple is still trying to improve it ahead of the early 2015 release, but sources say Apple Watch battery life currently last about a day, and will require nightly charging.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will have a 2,915mAh battery, but don’t expect better battery life

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The Rumor: The iPhone 6 is getting a big battery upgrade
The Verdict: Sounds too good to be true but I hope it is. After previous rumors reported the iPhone 6 would only get modest battery improvements (if any at all), a new rumor from analyst Sung Chang Xu claims the 4.7-inch iPhone will have a 2100mAh battery instead of just 1,810 mAh unit.Hardware leaks have supported the claims of the weaker batteries being used, but according to Xu, those were only for testing purposes, and the real battery will be much beefier, meaning all-day battery life for iPhone might finally happen in 2014.
The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may have a bigger battery, but don't expect bigger battery life.

In just a little over 24 hours, Tim Cook and Co. will take the stage of Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California and unveil at least one 4.7-inch iPhone 6. From previous leaks, we know that this iPhone 6 will have a 1,810mAh capacity battery, a 14% beefier battery than the 1,560mAh battery used in the iPhone 5s. It makes sense it would need one: it will have a sizably bigger display to light up.

But what about the 5.5-inch iPhone 6? Won’t it need a bigger battery even than that? It will, and a new leak out of Apple’s supply chain suggests that it will be a massive 2,915mAh battery, a battery 86% larger than the current iPhone 5s battery.

Massive high-capacity battery will power phablet iPhone 6

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The 5.5 iPhone could boast Apple's most powerful iPhone battery yet.
The 5.5 iPhone could boast Apple's most powerful iPhone battery yet. (Picture: Nowhereelse.fr)

While the number of leaks regarding the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 means a lot of people aren’t expecting to be surprised come September 9, the larger 5.5-inch phablet iPhone remains something of a machine of mystery.

A new component uncovered by French Apple website Nowhereelse.fr, however, purports to show a 2,915 mAh capacity battery from the lesser-seen 5.5-inch model iPhone 6.

Provided that the part is legitimate, it represents a considerable increase from the 1,570 mAh battery included in the current generation iPhone 5s.