Apple discusses iPhone battery issues with Chinese regulators


China has taken issue with the iPhone battery issues.
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An Apple representative has met with a government-sanctioned consumer watchdog organization in Beijing, China to discuss the ongoing iPhone battery drain issues.

The issue in question relates to to iPhone 6s handsets which shut down with reportedly 30 percent of battery life remaining. The fault has been widely discussed, but the Chinese government has been particularly outspoken about the issue.

Apple, for its part, reportedly told the China Consumer Association (CCA) that the issue isn’t dangerous, that it is offering battery replacements, and that it has “progressed” in finding the root cause of the problem.

The CAA first contacted Apple about the issue back in November, when it said that Apple had to explain the reason for the malfunction within 10 days. It then followed up with a second later insisting that Apple fix the problem.

Apple has pinned the blame on a, “small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015,” although it’s also since expanded this to cover a, “small number of customers outside of the affected range [who] have also reported an unexpected shutdown,” without releasing details.

It’s unknown why the issue is getting so much publicity in China, although the country is known to flex its muscles from time to time when foreign countries do something wrong. Apple has previously found itself facing off against Chinese officials when China ordered the shutdown of the iBook Store and iTunes Movies in the country, while also making sure Apple was booted from the government’s list of approved state purchases.

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Source: Quartz