Apple Issues Recall for iPhone 5 Batteries Early iPhone 5s 'may suddenly experience shorter battery life' By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Aug 25, 2014 4:05 PM CDT 18 comments Comments Students at Hartselle High School in Hartselle, Ala., use personal technology devices like cell phones and tablets for social media and academics. (AP Photo/The Decatur Daily, Gary Cosby Jr.) (Newser) – Buy an early iPhone 5 with a crappy battery? Apple has launched a battery recall on any 5's bought between September 2012 and January 2013, Forbes reports. How you know it's bad: The device "may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently," says Apple. See if your iPhone is eligible by visiting the replacement program's website and entering your serial number, which is on the phone under Settings > General > About. But if the phone is damaged in a way that impedes battery replacement, you have to fix that first, PC Magazine reports. The program will run until next March or two years after your purchase date, whichever gives you longer coverage, reports Ars Technica.