Apple has stressed that battery issues with last year’s iPhone 6s do not pose a threat to consumer safety, after issuing a new update on the problems via its Chinese website.
Explaining that the problem was focused on a small number of devices produced between September and October 2015, Apple moved to reassure iPhone 6s owners, saying ‘this is not a safety issue’.
Exploding batteries were the key cause behind Samsung having to discontinue its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone earlier this year.
Apple says the unexpected shutdown of iPhone 6s models was related to battery components being ‘exposed to controlled ambient air’ for too long.
Last week, Apple bolstered its iPhone 6s repair programme, launching a new web page where users can enter their device’s serial number to check whether it requires a new battery. The replacement can be made free of charge at Apple stores and with official resellers.
Those affected, however, must have problems such as cracked screens fixed first in order to qualify for the free repairs.