Apple has admitted the existence of a problem with the sleep/wake button at the top of the iPhone 5.
The flaw isn’t new: it’s been reported on Apple’s own forums since shortly after the handset arrived in September 2012, but Apple has taken until this weekend to admit that a “small percentage” of handsets have the problem.
Apple hasn’t explained why the button is failing in some handsets, nor why it’s taken so long to address the issue, but it appears to have been quietly replacing affected phones for some time.
“Got it on launch day and the sleep/wake button is almost completely non-responsive,” said one user, two months after launch. “I had been able to get the far left side to work but even that isn’t working every time, now.” His phone was eventually replaced.
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Apple is said to be planning the introduction of a new, 8-gigabyte variant of the iPhone 5c — possibly as soon as this week — in what could be a bid to turn around flagging sales of the plastic-backed device.
A purported internal email from German carrier o2
News of the change first appeared in a purported internal email from German wireless carrier o2, which will list the handset for sale at €509 ($707), €60 under the current €569 ($791) cost of the 16-gigabyte model. The communique was obtained by German blog stadt-bremerhaven.de.