UAE Ministry Announced Today that Apple had informed them of an iPhone 6s Defect Requiring a Battery Replacement
A report out of Dubai today claims that an Arabic daily notes that "Apple is set to recall 88,000 iPhone 6s devices due to battery issues." However, the publication is getting a head of reality. This isn't a classic recall at all. Last year Apple publicly published a web page titled "iPhone 6s Program for Unexpected Shutdown Issues"
On Apple's website they noted that "Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down. This is not a safety issue and only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015. If you have experienced this issue, please use the serial number checker below to see if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a battery replacement, free of charge."
A translation of the Arabic report noted today that "The director of the Consumer Protection Department in the Ministry, Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi, in a press statement, said that Apple informed the Ministry of Economy, yesterday, the emergence of a defect or malfunction respect to the battery in a specific category of device (iPhone 6 S)."
Apple's UAE iPhone users are being asked to use the serial number checker on the link noted above to see if their iPhone 6s is eligible for a battery replacement at no charge. This is a far cry from being a full pledged recall.
A faulty battery from China eventually caused Samsung to shut down production of the Note7 from the market. The fault of the battery was revealed during a special Samsung event last month. Samsung is seriously considering dropping ATL for a Japanese supplier Murata for their upcoming Galaxy S8. Whether Apple will likewise consider Murata is unknown at this time.