Stop us if you've heard this one before: A flagship smartphone is under scrutiny for battery problems.
Fortunately, iPhones aren't catching fire. They are, however, randomly shutting off. Apple initially said phones made in September or October 2015 were at risk, but now others are included.
The cause of the problem? Air.
Apple said batteries were exposed to "ambient air" for a longer time than necessary, which somehow affected the battery's ability to function normally.
This all leads to stories like this.
Anyone else's iPhone battery going rouge?? 28% to 5% in 2 minutes. Guess this is where we get forced to buy the 7.— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) December 6, 2016
Does anyone else think that when a new iPhone comes out your old battery start to die faster 🤔🤔. I'm sure it's in the new updates! Hmm..— DJ Jazzy Jeff (@djjazzyjeff215) December 4, 2016
How to solve the problem
If your iPhone is affected, you can get it repaired for free at an authorized Apple retailer. You can check to see if your phone is affected by punching in your serial number on this support page.
The 6S was largely a disappointment for Apple, selling 51.2 million models by early 2016, 10 million fewer than the rate for the iPhone 6, CNN Money reports.
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