Reports are coming in of iPhone X owners discovering that the use of the induction charging system that was introduced to the iPhone family in September has been burning through a significant number of battery cycles. Given Apple suggests that after 500 cycles an iPhone battery will offer around 80 percent of its original capacity, that could result in a non-optimal battery in under two years.
ZDNET said that Apple appears to have messed up the wireless charging which will wear out the battery faster than charging with a cable.
Early adopters of the iPhone X are claiming that even with minimal use they have already burnt up 135 battery cycles in just a few months. This means that the battery will not be fit for the purpose in less than 18 months. The older iPhones would take three years to hit the 500 recharge cycle, working out as a full recharge every couple of days or so.
"The issue is that when the iPhone is being charged using a cable, the phone is being powered by the cord (there is some load on the battery, but it's minimal), but when using wireless charging, the battery is what's powering the iPhone, with the wireless charger only being used to top up the battery. This means that by switching from a cable to a wireless charger, my battery isn't getting a break, and in turn, this is making me go through recharge cycles at an even faster rate," wrote ZDNET
According to Forbes, Apple is seeing reports of weak batteries, throttled iPhones, and a reluctance to discuss what is going on.
"It does offer a discount on a replacement battery for some handsets, which suggests that Apple believes the correct solution is to replace the battery rather than address the potential issues causing the high degradation in the first place. Now take that perception of Apple and add in this new issue of wireless charging ‘burning through’ the lifespan of the iPhone X battery."
The company that prides itself on a public image of accessible technology that just works is about to take another hit.
If Apple’s response to this battery issue is as fast and comprehensive as that of 2017 then millions of iPhone X owners are going to regret their choice and wished they had bought something cheaper.