iPhone battery struggles continue even after Apple's patch, for some - it's even worse
0. phoneArena 11 Nov 2011, 08:18 posted on
The first iOS 5 update has been rolled out by Apple, supposedly patching an unnamed issue affecting battery life on iPhones running the latest iteration of the company’s platform…
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1. biophone (Posts: 1900; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Well all I can say is my iPhone 4 on iOS 5 has excellent battery life. With light usage I get two days and with light to normal usage I get 1 and half days. With heavy usage I get a day's worth of battery. I guess apple needs another patch?
16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Regardless of whether v. 5.0.1 fixes the battery life problem, you want to get the update/patch. 5.0.1 also fixes a security vulnerability in iOS.
Don't wait. Update.
28. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
wow...whole two days with light usage. that\'s a result!
2. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
I kinda think that apple is being too relaxed right now.. I mean, Steve Jobs wouldn't allow all this flaws to be made in iOS...
9. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
this flaw was made under steve jobs, tatperson.. he is not Omnipotent. There are some bugs that you dont see in small scale testing that you only find when you go large scale. First adopter syndrome.
Under steve jobs, he would have denied it and said the users were charging it wrong.
13. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
hahahaha Good reply for that poor iPerson :-D
87. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Im so sorry to dissapoint you, but I don't own any iProducts :( just a Motorola Atrix and a Samsung Galaxy Tab. I don't hate any OS, I don't favour any. I think that all OS are equal, and its personal opinions on which OS you would like more.
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11. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Like if there were no issues with calendar or antenna during Jobs' reign...
4. iosmaster (Posts: 115; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)
I think the ones are saying that are just plain trolls, i have had an iphone 4s for 2 weeks for now and yes just after using it i found that indeed battery lasted about a 20 30 % less but since yesterday i just have the same battery time as my old iPhone 4, i might say people still having battery users may be really noobs on tech on wich the have all localization features ON even if you dont use them, or not closing bazillion apps on the multitask tray, people who leaves blutooth on forever, etc etc . At last i will say for me the update 5.0.1 gave me the same battery im used on the 4 so problem solved.
23. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
So you're saying it's entirely impossible that Apple could have actually f**ked up?
24. Penny (Posts: 1381; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Or, it could be the case that some people were lucky and not experiencing significant battery problems to begin with, but began to experience the battery problems once the update rolled around because the update made some configuration tweaks.
For those people that were experiencing battery issues previously, such as yourself, the configuration tweaks in the update would have helped you.
A possible and even likely scenario, no need to assume everybody else is a troll or a noob.
50. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
@penny. But he has valid reasons to think that way. Hang out in here a little while longer, and youll get to know how evil android fanboys really are :)
49. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Totally agree with iosmaster. Ive seen on a daily basis on here how android fanboys operate. Evil.
93. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I cant believe this guy, with all your constant spouting of either sensible or non sensible crap is getting out of hand. Makes me wonder how old are you really. . . Come on man stop acting like the world is about to end because of all the Android Fanboys in this forum. . .
6. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
The problem is with the user of the iphone....
7. iosmaster (Posts: 115; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)
On my phone siri stayed on the localization even no need it, now just on if i asked for it, that for me it bug solved
8. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
this is definitely normal since the iOS 5 has new features that will surely eat more juice. the more features you have on a phone, the more juice it will squeeze out of your battery.
10. J-LoTheGreat (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Well the easiest way to solve the battery issue on the iPhone is to either deal with it, stop running so much stuff, or move yourself back to a clamshell flip phone.
17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Or, move away from iOS to Android. The RAZR that I just got yesterday seems to be running around the 10 hour point for battery life. I was doing some pretty intensive setup and configuration work yesterday (testing Bluetooth data transfer as well as WiFi). At the end of 5 hours, there was 50% battery life remaining.
31. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
android is not power efficient system either. If user don\'t know how tu use phone, noone system will be good.
Mayne too heavy multitasking, which is wannabe for everyone?
Or IOS5 + I4S is really crappy.
51. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
@Jlo. I agree with you. But the fact that no one is giving up their iphones makes this claim questionable.
106. jroc74 (Posts: 5260; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Right, how many ppl do you think will give up their iPhone? How many returned them for the Antenna issue with the iPhone 4?
12. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 648; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
[iPhone 4 user here] why do we like defending iPhone all the time when there is problem with it? Apple doesnt pay you to defend them, the reason why they are relaxing it's bcos they kno that some people will defend them and blame it on the user. iFans...... Sometimes we need to complain so someone can do something. ["This changes everything, again", i guess the change was in the Battery, lol]
I still love my iPhone though.
52. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
I really doubt if youre an iphone user. More like an android user.
61. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
@SlimSoulja86. Congratulations, you have just been placed into the Android box! It doesn\'t matter to the \"TRUE\" iOS fans how many Apple devices you may own now or have owned in the past, the fact is if you have ANY kind of critisim against Apple -even if it\'s constructive critisim- you are considered an Android fanboy! So welcome to the group.
62. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
@whatever. Its because you cannot tell a true iphone user from someone who just pretends to have an iphone ;)
75. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
so.. you can only be a true iphone user if you act like a blind troll that spams the boards and accuses people of things without proof all the time?
you cant possibly be an iphone user with an objective opinion on the matter.. one that sees both sides of the coin? lol
wow.. add that to another reason i dont want an iphone.
109. jroc74 (Posts: 5260; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I could be the President of the US, how would you know?
So does it even matter?
I think its funny that unless its positive about the iPhone or Apple, they just HAVE to be lying.
I would like to believe that the way you post in here is either not enough medication or age and not how you really think or feel.
I'm with remixfa, if thats the case, I damn sure dont want an iPhone now if I HAVE to act like you.
14. matistight (Posts: 237; Member since: 13 May 2009)
ALL YOU PEOPLE GET OFF YOUR IPHONE ONCE AND A WHILE OR SELL IT FOR CHEAP BECAUSE ITS 'Defective'
You guys obviously haven't used an android device before hahah
48. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Thats the thing. No one is really selling, returning, or exchanging their iphones. Which raises the question whether this battery life issue is actually real, or could just be made up by iphone haters on iphone blogsites, which is the source of this article.
54. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Umm. I didn't see many reports of iFans returning their handsets when antenna-gate was raging, either. There are people who want the iPhone and will put up with whatever hiccups come with the handset.
63. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
@droid. Exactly. Because even the antennagate was not an big issue. Antennagate existed on the iphone, as well as on the other phones, but it was not as huge as the media and android fanboys made it out to be.
76. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
such a non issue that consumer reports still wont recommend the iphone4.
110. jroc74 (Posts: 5260; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Excuse yourself....last time I checked only the iPhone 4 could lose a signal by placing an 1/2 an inch of my finger on it. Do you know how small 1/2 in inch of finger is....?
That did NOT exist on any other phone....expect the other iPhone 4 on Verizon...lol.
Other phones suffered from a death grip...the iPhone 4 suffered from a death touch. And like Droid X Doug said...look how many ppl kept the phone....even after 2 very reliable and reputable sites showed in detail how and why it was an issue.
15. irvinkeith (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
My iPhone 4S hasn't experienced any battery drain with iOS 5. I updated to 5.0.1 when it was released last night and noticed nothing different in terms of battery usage. With Heavy usage and the most obvious techniques to preserve battery life (brightness, Some location settings and some constant push data settings) and I'm a heavy facebook & Twitter user, my phone will last me most of the day
21. Firedrops (Posts: 219; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
I'm wondering if this is actually a battery capacity estimation problem, rather than the battery capacity itself's problem.
The installation of the new patch might have caused the software to go into re-calibration mode, which means battery levels reflected will be rather inaccurate for a day or so.
Thing is, when the software is calibrating the battery, it may "know" that it is inaccurate, but it does not know in which way or how much is it inaccurate, so if it falsely reflects "low battery", the system will really act as if its on low battery.
32. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Maybe. The same with crappy Symbian 3 battery-meter.
Without 3rd party apps I really wouldn\'t know how much battery left. It\'s manipulating your ass ten ways from Sunday.
47. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
@firedrop. The problem here I think is, these articles are derived from public blogsites where even non-iphone users who hate the iphone can post battery life issues just to give the iphone bad publicity. Fanboys can go as far as creating multiple accounts and post multiple times pretending to be iphone users with this battery life issue. Thats the problem.
18. sonisoe (Posts: 372; Member since: 06 May 2009)
nope, i havent upgraded and dont plan to, my iphone 4 battery on 5.0 is great...
20. goflet (Posts: 50; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
new products supposed to be better than the old one.
am i missing something here?
46. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Yes, you dont have an iphone. So you are in no position to make such a comment :)
104. jroc74 (Posts: 5260; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
And you know this....how?
Up to your twisted ways again I see...
22. T12RYK (Posts: 98; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)
I updated and now the battery life is excellent! Through the whole day battery only drained 10% with some light usage.
I did experience battery drain before this update but now there are no complaints here.
25. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
We'll see how this turns out. Some seem to think it's a self resolving calibration issue. If it really is another screwup though, that's just hilarious. :)
26. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
When is Google ever going to fix the Android battery bug? It\'s been a good 4 years and counting. :))
27. Sniggly (Posts: 7230; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
What does Android's battery life have to do with this article or my comment?
33. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
probably nothing but this discussion became something like \"why my battery is so s**ty?\"
29. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Yeah, I f**kin hate getting 15 hours on my Thunderbolt. s**t sucks.
30. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1695; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
when they decide to dumb down their OS like Apple and get rid of stuff like true multi-tasking. If your battery life is really that awful on Android (its not for me and I use an EVO) there are dozens of ways to help or if your not techy enough for the ones that require root, at least you can get an extended battery. Can't do that on the iPhone :D
58. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Just for reference, an Android handset with good battery life can be produced. My RAZR is tracking to around 10+ hours of battery life based on 5 hours of set-up activity using WiFi and Bluetooth resources yesterday after I received the handset.