Apple Blames iPhone 6S Battery Failure on “Ambient Air”

Last Edited: December 7, 2016 | Published: December 7, 2016 by


Do you own an Apple iPhone 6S and you having a few issues with the battery life? Not too long ago, Apple issued a recall on certain iPhone 6S phones in order to replace the battery. The phones that seem to be having the most problems were manufactured between September and October 2015. Now, they have also released the cause that’s responsible for the failing batteries.

According to a press release from Apple, it seems ambient air is to blame. “We found that a small number of iPhone 6S devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur. It’s important to note, this is not a safety issue.”

I’m glad it’s not a safety issue, but did you see what they said. Ambient air is the problem. Now what exactly is the difference between ambient air and regular air? And how are we supposed to protect our phones from air? To me, it seems like it is a basic manufacturing problem that they have now solved. Do they really need to blame the problem on air?

Apple was also quick to note that this is not a safety issue. You don’t have to worry about your battery exploding and causing a fire. After all, they don’t want to be known as the next Samsung. Samsung, if you recall, was responsible for the Note 7 disaster that caused fires and the eventual cancellation of the Note 7 completely. In fact, Samsung is still dealing with the fallout from this recall.

You can use this tool to check and see if your iPhone is part of the recall. If it is, you will need to locate an Apple Authorized Service Provider or an Apple Retail Store near you in order to get the battery replaced. Before you take your phone in, Apple highly recommends that you backup your data to iCloud or to iTunes just to ensure that all your important data remains safe and secure. You don’t want to lose anything important just because you need a new battery, do you?

The backup process will take a little while so try and get this part of the process done the day before you head out to get your battery replaced. If you have other issues with your phone such as a broken screen don’t count on it getting replaced as part of this recall. When you take your phone in they will only replace the battery and that’s it. You will have to schedule another time and pay to have the other issues repaired on your phone unless you have Apple Care.

What do you think about this latest recall for Apple? Is it yet another black mark on the company with its iPhone line or do you think this battery issue really isn’t that big a deal? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.

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