South Korea Considering Investigation of iPhone 6s Battery Shutdown Issue

South Korea's Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) said it is considering an investigation into whether some iPhone 6s devices experiencing unexpected battery shutdowns is a safety issue, according to The Korea Herald.

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"The agency is well aware of recent iPhone issues and is taking a close look at it," an unnamed KATS official told The Herald. While KATS hasn't officially launched an investigation, it wants to make sure the problem isn't like the Galaxy Note 7 battery issue, which caused devices to randomly catch fire and start smoking. The agency is currently in talks with Apple Korea about the issue.

In November, Apple launched a repair program for iPhone 6s devices experiencing the unexpected shutdowns, saying that "a very small number of iPhone 6s devices" that were manufactured between September and October 2015 were affected. Apple said the problem was "not a safety issue."

On its Chinese website, Apple said the shutdowns were caused by a manufacturing error where some batteries were overexposed to "controlled ambient air," causing them to degrade faster than normal. In addition to its repair program, Apple now lets you check your iPhone 6s serial number to see if you're eligible for a new battery.

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5 weeks ago
Do I sense Samsung's hand in this?
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5 weeks ago
more like "we need to protect Samsung in such a fragile state"
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5 weeks ago
While I'm totally miffed my phone sometimes shuts down at frickin 40%, at least it hasn't burst into flames, even after 14 months of service!
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5 weeks ago
South Korea? Yeah, probably just a coincidence.
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5 weeks ago


"The agency is well aware of recent iPhone issues and is taking a close look at it," an unnamed KATS official told The Herald. While KATS hasn't officially launched an investigation, it wants to make sure the problem isn't like the Galaxy Note 7 battery issue, which caused devices to randomly catch fire and start smoking. The agency is currently in talks with Apple Korea about the issue.


There is nothing that pleases a Korean public official more than the opportunity to be seen to have vanquished a large foreign company.
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5 weeks ago
I have the shutdown issue on my 6s and it ain't covered according to Apples replacement program serial checker :( I really hope they extend their program asap.

EDIT [USER=791866]@c0ppo[/USER]: Agreed!
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5 weeks ago
I have a 6s, and my serial number isn't covered according to Apple. Shame that my iPhone doesn't agree with them, and shuts down randomly when on 40% or less.

The problem here is that S.Korea is investigating? I believe the real problem other countries are not investigating.
I want my battery replaced, since it is faulty for no good reason. But Apple says no. Investigate away.
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5 weeks ago
KATS is owned and operated by Korean government which is owned and operated by Samsung. World most corrupted company, Samsung.
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5 weeks ago

more like "we need to protect Samsung in such a fragile state"


Perhaps. It does lead one to believe they potentially could be behind the scenes. Almost as a safety net for Samsung.
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5 weeks ago
Why does this reek of a salty South Korea/Samsung trying to find fault with Apple?
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