Apple is recalling some of its flagship iPhone 5s handsets after a flaw was found in the batteries that causes them to unexpectedly run out of juice.
"We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life," said Teresa Brewer, an Apple spokeswoman, told the New York Times.
"We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone."
Apple declined to say precisely how many iPhones are affected by the botched battery design, but indicated it was in the thousands.
Given that the handset has sold in the millions that doesn’t look too bad, but it's an embarrassing admission from Apple, given Cupertino had been billing this latest generation of iPhones as having much improved battery life.
The company didn’t give any indication as to what the problem was with the batteries, but it appears to be simply a charging issue rather than something like a short that could cause a runaway thermal reaction and thus rather hot pockets. ®