Rumours have emerged that Apple may be about to extend its replacement program to the iPhone 6 after many customers reported problems with the device’s battery life, similar to its counterpart the 6s.

Last year the technology giant admitted that there was a performance issue with the iPhone 6s battery and starting offering users of the handsets replacements.

Apple sources claim the iPhone 6s battery replacement program could extend to the iPhone 6.

Apple launched the program in November after it claimed a “very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down” due to a manufacturing issue.

A number of users said their devices typically shut down with around 30 per cent battery life remaining. Apple noted the shutdowns are not a safety issue, but rather a feature designed to protect the iPhone’s internal components from low voltage. However, affected batteries still need to be replaced.

It comes after users have reported issues with the battery life of the devices

Apple also has an iPhone 5 battery replacement scheme, which it launched in August 2014 after it determined that a “very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently,” so an iPhone 6 program would not be unheard of.

According to Japanese Apple news website Mac Otakara, the program may be able to extend to the iPhone 6 as well.

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