I’ve never been so ready to upgrade my phone than I have been with the Apple iPhone 5. Well that may be a slight exaggeration, but definitely the most ready I’ve been since I’ve been using iPhones.

For the better part of two years, I’ve complained about the crappy battery life of my iPhone, mainly on social networks. But I went beyond just complaining. I restored my phone. I started clean with my phone, and the battery has always been an issue.

It’s a mish-mash of problems, but always been some sort of issue. The phone has always been crappy at estimating its remaining battery life, to the point, I’d be afraid to let it drop below 50%, as some number between 50%, but greater than 0%, it would just shut down.

Twice, I took my iPhone 5 into the Apple Genius bar, only to be told to restore or start anew — things I’d already done with no success, leaving me even more frustrated with my little iOS device.

I eventually had to go with a battery case just to make it through the day and through longer runs and rides. Before my pair of half marathons, there was just no way I was going to run without having that battery case up and running.

So with the recent announcement of the iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program, I feel slightly vindicated, but more angered than anything else.

This issue affected a subset of iPhone 5 batteries — ones that were manufacturer around its original launch date — you know the ones that adopted the new phone right off the bat. It’s pretty upsetting that they obviously over the past two years had been amassing data about the phones, but waited till everyone’s about to upgrade. I get that manufacturing issues happen, it’s just pretty crappy that in a cycle where most people upgrade every 24 months, Apple does the recall in month 23.

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