South Korea Considering Probing Into iPhone 6s Battery Shutdown Issue

Following China, South Korea’s Korean Agency for Technology and Standards is now also considering launching an investigation into some iPhone 6s units randomly shutting down. The investigation is still under review, with no official word on when — if at all — it will go live. 

The agency is worried that the issue can turn out to be a potential safety risk like it did with the Galaxy Note 7. However, Apple says that a “very small number” of iPhone 6s units are affected and that the problem does not pose any risk to consumer safety.

Apple has already acknowledged that some iPhone 6s units shipped with a faulty battery that leads to them randomly switching off. The issue was caused by a certain batch of batteries being exposed to air longer than usual. The Cupertino company has already launched a free battery replacement program for the affected handsets.

“The agency is well aware of recent iPhone issues and is taking a close look at it,” said a KATS official not to be named.

However, since Apple’s original announcement, the company realised the issue is more widespread than it anticipated it to be. This is why Apple has added more diagnostic tools in iOS 10.2 to collect more data about the issue to potentially find a fix for the random shutdown issues plaguing many iPhone units.

[Via Korea Herald]