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Apple may be crowd-sourcing ideas for iPhone 4S battery problems

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Apple may be crowd-sourcing ideas for iPhone 4S battery problems
Unfortunately, it seems like short battery life is no longer just a worry for Android users, because Apple has battling its own troubles with the iPhone 4S. There have been widespread complaints that battery life in the iPhone 4S is unnecessarily short, even after users turn off persistent battery draining services like iCloud, Siri, location awareness, and Ping. In our informal poll from last week, we found that a significant number of users were noticing a problem. 

Now, there are reports that Apple may be contacting users directly to find a solution to the problem. One user has claimed that Apple had contacted him and asked that he install a diagnostic tool on his iPhone 4S. That user told The Guardian, and also added that he had noticed his battery drain by as much as 10% per hour while in use and about 5% per hour in standby mode. And, these findings came after he had done a clean install of iOS 5 on his new device. He wrote a blog post about his troubles, and says that an Apple engineer reached out to him to try finding a solution. As we could have expected, the man even said that the engineer was very helpful "in the typical Apple way". The engineer even went so far as to admit that Apple isn't even close to finding a fix.

It seems as though Apple still is no closer to finding a fix for whatever is causing the extra battery drain for users, but it's great to know that the company is being proactive about finding a solution to the problem. 

source: The Guardian

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posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:37 19

1. cncrim (Posts: 879; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


***Siri, do know what's happening?

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 22:26 11

70. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


Siri: Battery low, first get your charger!

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 16:17 3

148. quakan (Posts: 1392; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Siri: I'm menstruating, I thought everyone knew that us women drained red. Placing a tampon in the charging port will help improve your battery life.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:40 9

2. T12RYK (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


Having the same problem with my iPhone 4 too!
Getting it replaced because it's got some other problems too, hope my next one isn't affected too.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:41 12

3. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


And iPhone talks perfection NOT !!!!!

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 19:22 11

18. Jake16 (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)


nothings perfect

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:44 20

4. android_hitman (unregistered)


keep buying apple products! 1st the antenna problem and now the battery! very bad for a premium company like apple. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! stop filling apple's pockets...

posted on 29 Oct 2011, 09:08 5

123. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


And not to mention the yellow screens appearing in loads of iphone 4s phones also! The problem is that the phones will keep selling as most of apples buyer age group as documented here on phonearena are preteens and teenagers and they don't know the difference between a good and bad phone all they want is the stereotype phone to make them look cool to their friends.

Apple has been very clever with its pr techniques targeting the dumb and vulnerable like this to get their sales

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:46 7

5. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


this is nothing!!! apple is perfect!
....
lol this is what they told us in training

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:47 7

6. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


My battery live has been really good with the iOS 5 update. Better than ever. It does seem like there are some issues though. Apple looks like they're being really proactive in fixing it.

The usual trolls on here. Carry on losers.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:50 7

7. android_hitman (unregistered)


glad to have you back! TROLLtaco50

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:56 8

8. rd_nest (Posts: 1630; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It's called being reactive. The issue is already here faced by many customer. How can that be proactive?

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 18:58 3

10. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1733; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


didn't know you had a 4S... oh wait

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 19:01 8

11. remixfa (Posts: 14477; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


proactive would be "we fixed the problem before u noticed"
reactive would be "you noticed a problem and youve bitched so much that we are looking into it".

they are definitely being reactive.

Maybe this was part of the long delay for the i4s? Maybe theyve known about the battery issue for quite some time.

Android battery life is getting better n better, apple's is getting worse.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 19:02 1

12. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 111; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Yea an you dont have death grip to

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 19:12 6

15. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I suppose I probably should have said, "proactive compared to the response (aka denial) that the iPhone 4's antenna received..."

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 19:25 5

19. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)


You have an iPhone 4, right Taco?

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 19:36 2

22. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


lol you're a joke

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 19:39 2

25. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Or the long delay of iOS 5...?

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 19:44 2

27. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Are you trolling now Michael?

They're proactive because they're reaching out to customers unlike some other manufacturers who bury their head in the sand and never fix the issue.

Example would be original moto droid which had terrible one way audio issues which never got fixed all the way.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 19:45 3

28. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


yes iPhone 4

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 19:49 9

30. roscuthiii (Posts: 2228; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Taco, proactive actions are actions taken before something happens. Reactive actions are actions taken after something happens.

People have already reported battery issues. Therefore, actions taken now are reactive.

Just wanted to help you out lil' buddy.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 20:12 2

38. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


you have no iphone LOL

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 20:32 5

42. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


I owned the OG Droid aka Iphone 3gs killer. Dont know what your talking about...

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 20:35 6

43. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3113; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


They should have done a recall of the iPhone 4 and fixed the antenna issue. Instead they denied it and then acted like children and say "oh yea well android devices do it too! see by how fake edited video?!?"

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 21:39 1

55. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


let me shed some light on you about androids "improving" battery life. i only need one point to tell you that androids batterylife isnt improving but getting worse.

android phones are now getting bigger batteries, and therefore presumably better battery life? wrong better battery life sugests that you can do more in one charge, improving the battery life would suggest some new software that can get the phone to do more in one charge on the same type of battery whilst improving on performance. all the manufactures who have added these bigger batteries that drain slower but take alot longer to charge. the size of battery, thae clock speed of the proccessor, are all marketing ploys by these manufacurers.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 22:01

62. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Dude, stop posting your stupid is showing....those Android phones with the Gingerbread update have seen a nice improvement in battery life. My 16 month captivate gets anywhere between 18-36 hours of battery life per charge depending on what I do.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 22:02 6

63. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Exactly, APPLE will not admit fault because their profits and stock are more important than their customers.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 22:03

64. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


NOT all iphones had a deathgrip...just around 2% had the issue.

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 23:09 1

76. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


just because you didn't have the issue doesn't mean it didn't exist. Google it if you don't believe me.

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