Apple's iOS 7.1 update leads to complaints about battery life and Bluetooth connections
0. phoneArena 16 Mar 2014, 16:45 posted on
Noticing a drop off in the battery life of your Apple iPhone after installing the iOS 7.1 update? You're not the only one. Message boards and forums are loaded with complaints from those who wished that they never even heard of the latest iOS build. Besides a drop off in battery life, the update seems to also play havoc with Bluetooth connectivity and is causing random re-boots...
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1. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Bluetooth as usual never gonna solve in iPhone. I mean you know we can't share between iPhone to other phones. And battery Oh God smaller size, forget about whole day.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Maybe it is time to just bite the bullet on a Mophie Juice pack? Battery life seems to be a never-ending issue with iOS since v. 7.0.0
But Bluetooth should not be an issue. Time to look forward to iOS v. 7.1.1?
17. Finalflash (Posts: 2797; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Can't really blame them, every time ANYONE including Google updates their OS someone somewhere has battery draining problems. Although, for iOS users it is a bigger issue I guess because they can't even temporarily revert.
25. Sauce (unregistered)
22.5 hours since my last charge, and at 11% at the moment.
-Moderate use only:
-Screen brightness @ 70%
-1 hour use of Bluetooth for music in the car (from music lib, not streamed)
Tell me again, about this battery problem haha.
Normally, I charge my phone every night before bed, and my batt lasts me throughout the whole day, unless I'm power using it, or am constantly on it.
For most smartphones this size, this is great.
I also have screenshots of in depth battery statistics, if you're interested.
27. tedkord (Posts: 10703; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
7 hours 50 minutes off charger
2 hours 55 minutes screen on (auto brightness mostly)
1 hour of streaming the latest episode of The Walking Dead (at 100% brightness)
2 phone calls from my dad
Tons of junk email checked and deleted
Probably 15-20 SMS
About 15 minutes of playing Peggle
61% battery left.
44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
That shut you up. Proves you're a blind hater.
How many accounts do you have btw?
3. stealthd (unregistered)
Haven't had a problem with my 5s on 7.1. Bluetooth has been normal, as well as the battery.
21. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Same for me. Basically smooth sailing, dependable iPhone it was on 7.0. Here's to 7.1.1, and on to September baby.
42. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
It's always working well for you of course lol
4. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Nothing that wasn't there before. It fixed what it said it would, and my battery life is exactly the same. Good, not awesome, effectively gets me thru the day. I'm a realist every since that monstrosity called the G1, I've learned to carry my charger, or have a car charger. All these iOS users looking for unbelievable battery life on their iPhones need to wake up. As long as I get to the gym, after my work day with 50-60% left I'm good. Bigger iPhone bigger battery, plain and simple. Step it up Cook.
9. Diezparda (Posts: 869; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
"Bigger iPhone = bigger battery", yeah i like that... Unlike iPhone which i really hate, i love the iPad because it was a tablet with the largest battery ever at market today. At heavy usage it can survive for 2-4 days for gaming, simply love it.
12. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Exactly bruh, my mini 2 only needs a charge like twice a week, and I hammer it with movie watching and playing memory block. Whenever the iPhone gets bigger the battery life will grow. Until then make due with what you have. Power management baby... +1
18. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Why do you "really hate" the iPhone though? It's an electronic device dude, what has it done to garner your hatred? Simply don't use one, if it doesn't float your boat. No Motorola handset on the market does a single thing for me, but I don't hate em lol.
45. Diezparda (Posts: 869; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
yeah maybe you are right, my bad sorry... I hate it for my personal reason maybe because i have a very high expectation of it, it's the same when Samsung introduced Galaxy S5 (i'm using Note 3, iPod 5 and iPad) i feel very disappointed.
15. Sauce (unregistered)
Yo Dark, I'm not sure if you use FB or not. But if you have the app, there is a "string" in the coding of the app drains a s**t ton of battery. Facebook uses this string to completely refresh it's app, over and over even if the app is turned off and not inside multitasking.
If your phone is Jailbroken, you can go inside iFile (Jailbroken file manager app) and edit the code to remove that "string". My battery life has gotten about 15% better.
You asked recently how to jailbreak. If interested,http://evasi0n.com. Follow the instructions and it's as simple as that. Takes 5 minutes. For further instruction and very useful tips, I'd suggest you toss me an email at "firstname.lastname@example.org". Avid Jailbreaker here, and always glad to help.
Theres another place that will give you good help / inspiration on what you'd want to do on your phone.http://www.reddit.com/r/jailbr
It might seem overwhelming, but I promise, it's the easiest thing in the world once you get the navigation down. Feel free to toss me an email any time for any help or questions man.
22. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Dude thanx a lot. I've been asking for some jail break info for awhile, as I've never done it. Will deeply look into it. Thanx for the info bro +1
13. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
They can dude. Won't have a lot left but they can. Whether I use my note 3 or iPhone 5s, I always plug it up at bed time. I like to start my day with 100%
14. Sauce (unregistered)
I haven't charged mine since last night around 10pm. That makes it 22 hours so far. I'm at 14% battery life atm.
Moderate usage. Just browsing and texting, thats all. Screen brightness at 70%.
16. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
It's clear "uglyfrank" is looking for green thumbs dude. I highly doubt he has an iPhone, just cuz of his post. Most of these android fanboys that relentlessly blast iPhones have never used one. They do it cuz it's the in thing to do for android fanboys. They're followers.
23. Sauce (unregistered)
Exactly lol. My best friend is a major Android head and hates the iPhone, but I constantly show off what I can do with my iPhone (jailbroken of course), and I constantly surprise him. A lot of the time, my "restricted, boring, terrible" (in the words of this community) iPhone can do more than his rooted LG Optimus G, and can do anything his rooted Android device can do haha. The Android non techies have no clue at all.
24. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Dude my best friend is not only the same way, but he's hooked on HTC, with him it's HTC and everything else bites lol. He still hasn't figured out how to limit for mms lol.
26. Sauce (unregistered)
I love Android, as I have a Note 2, but a majority of these envious butthurt android fanboys, make me glad I am part of the iPhone community.
31. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
200% agreed bro. They're an ignorant bunch
28. tedkord (Posts: 10703; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
By jail breaking, you removed many of the restrictions. But you don't need to root the Android device for most things.
32. Sauce (unregistered)
A phone is a phone. Get over it. It takes 5 mins, literally, to Jailbreak. Thats all. 5 minutes out of your life lol. Its still an iPhone, from Apple. You act like not having to root at all is such a plus. Give me a break and tug my sausage lol. How hard is it to accept lmao?
57. UglyFrank (Posts: 1608; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
Currently typical g this on an iPad Air, not exactly an apple hater
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The user base at 9to5mac is reporting different results, as in better battery life.
19. Sauce (unregistered)
Yes, especially for iPhone 4/4s users.
8. eli_waeterling (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)
I haven't noticed any problems with bluetooth at all however my battery has been doing strange things like dropping by 4 percent suddenly without use
10. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
Battery life on my iPhone 5 has been much much worse. I can totally confirm that.
20. Sauce (unregistered)
You probably don't even have an iPhone lol.
35. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
My exact thoughts. Some android fanboys pretend to be iOS users having issues, so they can be incognito and still bash lol. Taters is notorious for it.
40. Sauce (unregistered)
Exactly lmao. I went onto my friends browser to view this site when he was in the bathroom, and noticed a post reply on his phone (same friend from post 23) and he claimed in his original post to "hate his iPhone 5s". He's never owned an iPhone in his life hahaaha
53. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
Do you want me to upload a video for you on Youtube? You can check the history of my comments on this site, i always claim i ahev an iPhone. It seems like you are the butthurt iFan who can't deal with the fact that Apple isn't as perfect as you might think it to be.
11. kozza3 (Posts: 697; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
what, people actually expected an ios update to go smoothly?
lol anyways, haven't noticed any issues on riPad mini
30. lolatfailphones (Posts: 193; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)
My iPhone 5 seems pretty fine getting over 7 hours on this terrible 3G + network
33. imyourpapi (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Jan 2014)
My girlfriend iPhone5s still lasting pretty much all day, for those having issues I hope it gets resolved soon .
36. nctx77 (Posts: 1781; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
How do we even know these people on these message boards reporting all these problems even have an iPhone. You will be surprised how far some of these android fanboys will go to cause a stir.
37. darkkjedii (Posts: 20142; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
The Walking Dead was simply amazing tonite.
41. Sauce (unregistered)
You watching the Talking Dead? Watching these kids interviews right now. They're such great actors.
55. Sauce (unregistered)
38. Mrmark (Posts: 269; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)
There is always good and bad reviews after any update I agree ! But it is nice to see Apple losing its mojo. Everyone knows the real fix to battery drain if you happen to be that device out there unfortunately is a full wipe.
43. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
my ipad has the same battery life .......
46. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 584; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
My iPad4 has great battery life but not so great compared with the old iOS6. But I saw Bluetooth problems in both iPhone and iPad because when I want to transfer photos from my friend's iPhone to my iPad I can't see each of the devices even on "Everyone" and transfering process crashes.
47. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
Not knowing about others, but my ipod seems to have had it's battery life improved, and even more after I removed the facebook's apps and started using safari for browsing fb.
And thanks to Username-Sauce for the link to jailbreak. I have always enjoyed cydia and winterboard theming aside all the things that are possible with cydia. My ipod is quite good in itself and I like it for what it can do.
48. techperson211 (Posts: 1179; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Battery is always an issue with iPhone even before 7.1 , even iPod touch 5 gen battery drains quickly especially if your playing almost an hour. An hour only. That's the reason why my last iPhone was the 4s because of battery issues. This just my personal experience I'm not a hater. So don't flood me with your childish reply of haters.
49. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
2 hours usage and 20 hours standby (according to usage under settings); 87% of battery left. No problem at all, couldn't be happier. Yes i know 2 hours isn't very much but with the same amount of usage my S4 would have been down to around 50% by now..
54. f1r3z0r (Posts: 90; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
i wish is 12 hours!!! my phone die in 2 hours of full use..no even games just text
56. Psykotik_Dragon (Posts: 57; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)
I don't & never will own an iPhone, I'm an android guy through & through but I do know on any mobile device whether it's a tablet a phone or a laptop the screen is usually the biggest drain, especially when on full brightness. Doublecheck your screen settings & see if you can improve your battery drain with...also try turning off unneeded functions like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi if not using them, etc. You'd be amazed how much battery life you can save just by turning those of when you're not using them.
58. JunitoNH (Posts: 1666; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
No problems with the battery here. However, I have a coolstream BT adapter connected to my Bose system, and I noticed the phone struggling to connect. Resolved the problem by rebooting the phone.
59. roscuthiii (Posts: 2209; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
It seems any time any OS receives an update all tech sites are guilty of jumping on the "battery drain" band wagon. Within a few days to a week from now once the brouhaha dies down, there'll be another article that completely refutes this one after all the apps and processes normalize.
We should all realize this. It's click-baiting.