Did iOS 10.2 make the iPhone's #batterygate problem even worse?

Did iOS 10.2 make the iPhone's #batterygate problem even worse?
The latest update to iOS 10.2 might have made things worse for iPhone users experiencing a major problem with the handsets' battery. Originally  believed by Apple to affect only certain iPhone 6s models that were exposed to too much ambient air during the manufacturing process, the issue appears to happen to other models as well. In fact, an Apple iPhone 5 that we were using as a replacement phone for much of this year has this problem, which required us to carry a power bank at all times.

Those iPhone units with the problem will simply stop working once the battery hits 30%. At that point, the unit shuts down as though it hit 0%. Plugging the phone in will return it to 30% and from there, the phone will charge normally. In another variation of the problem, the battery goes from 30% to 1% but stays at that 1% reading for as long as several hours. Some iPhone users are saying that iOS 10.2 exacerbates the battery problem.

Because Apple stopped signing iOS 10.1 and 10.1.1 on Wednesday, those who have found that iOS 10.2 makes matters worse cannot go back to the older iOS builds. However, some iPhone owners who are beta testing iOS 10.2.1 say that they have seen an improvement in the issue with their handsets no longer automatically shutting off in the 30% to 50% area. In addition, a battery diagnostics tool not mentioned in the changelist comes with iOS 10.2, and will reportedly help Apple study battery life on many units. This could help the company fix the issue.


In the meantime, it isn't a perfect nor pleasant workaround, but carrying a power bank will at the least keep your iPhone running despite what is being dubbed #Batterygate. Apple has promised a free battery replacement for certain iPhone 6s models.


source: Forbes

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40 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Well... Everytime they make an update the problem is not solved and another problem will appear.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I remember when iPhones were rock solid and issues were as rare as unicorns. WTF happened?

4. phldlphn unregistered

I think it's more the advent of social media that allows us to instantly access the latest news. If ten years ago the internet and social media were as prevalent as they are today, how much more would we know about certain things? We're just far more aware than we were previously.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That is so true man!

39. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

And plus 10 or 15 year ago nobody knew about some software updates not the mention firmware update .. That was freaking tabu for end user and only manufacturer did it when you brought device for repair he did software/firmware flash within 5 minutes and charged customer sky high money..

9. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

They are implementing more and more stuff, to go head to head with android...

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And the more stuffs they implement, the more issues pop up... It's a wonder.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7078; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But but according to most(not all) ifans apple just works, lol

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're absolutely correct. I've consistently said, and will continue to say this (until the software issues aren't so prevalent in every iteration of iOS from 8.0 on up), that Apple's is just not good at software (especially their iOS software, which is their most widely used software). Apple needs better software engineers.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Can you ;ist those things? Because I don't see! Tim Cook raves ever year how iOS os the most advanced mobile operating system. so if it is, then why can't it handle the small changes iOS gets every year? Because Android gets huge changes every year in comparison and run near perfect on 1000's of phone configurations from 100's of OEM's; and the only company using iOS is Apple. iPhone's have always had battery issue. For a phone with such low specs, it should last as long as my phone with 4 times the power, but they don't. 3 updates already which now makes 1 major change per month. Apple being what they have always been, terrible at software.

38. Leo_MC

Posts: 7210; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Android is not a true adversary for iOS devices, Samsung - powered by Android - devices are.

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Steve died. I will admit that things seemed to work better at apple when their visionary was still around.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It was all in you all's mind. Apple only seemed better because everything then wasn't as good. after in 2009, HTC had caught up. In 2011, Samsung simply took over and has been the best since. The greatest thing about real competition is that, OEM's will do whatever to stay on top. apple is already on top of iOS. If Samsung had iOS, the iPhone would die an instantaneous horrible death.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Rare? iPhone have the same problems they have now. They have always had terrible battery-life. The thing was, other phones in "some" cases, were worse. iPhone have always crashed more apps vs anything already on the market, and anything that has arrived since 2007. When you consider all the facts which are good, that iFans use as arguments; like how apple using limited configuration, not installing useless gimmicky features, always making sure their stuff is perfect before releasing it; then you would expect that Apple should have less problems than those who do the total opposite. That fact is, those claims were not ever true. apple has always been terrible at software. Even today, QuickTime and iTunes and OSX are terrible for their limited capabilities. iTunes alone is worse than all the bloatware they install on Windows computers or even smartphones. I took a video which I used to take my iPad back to Verizon, because the thing just refused to scroll when I open web pages. Even after a complete and full reste, where I put the iPad into DFU mode, and reinstalled the OS fresh, when i open almost any website in Safari or even Chrome, it would simply refuse to scroll even after the full page was loaded. Ever since installing iOS 10, it has been slow, very slow. I get dismal internet speeds for no apparent reason. I run SpeedTest on it vs my Tab S; and my iPad was much slower to almost half as fast. VZW gave me a brand new one and as soon as I updated it, it started the same crap. so I took it to the Apple Store and they have replaced it too. Now I refuse to even update it because right now its perfect. If iOS can't handle these measly features we have been enjoying on Android for years, and Apple still doesn't even have as much by more than 1/2, then that means iOS or apple's engineers are pure ripoff artists and they have to many people fooled with their junk.

3. swephone

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

for my iPhone 7 plus 256gb the battery performance is better with 10.2 but then again I didn't have any battery draining problem with 10.1

5. phldlphn unregistered

I haven't had any issues with my 6S Plus, yet. Cross my fingers. I'm more interested in how many handsets are actually experiencing this issue, a good estimate. There are hundreds of millions of iPhones. Is it 10, 100, 1000, 10000, so on and so forth?

22. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

No issues either. I have the plus. Did the issue mostly effect the regular model?

30. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

That's because iOS 10 has at least not yet crippled the iPhone 7's battery.

6. triphamk2

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

This update makes my iPhone SE's battery lasting longer, and its performance is better than before. I cannot find any issues with it so far.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

I didn't have battery problems to begin with (my phone IS listed as one of affected units). It is fine running iOS 10.2.

23. Unordinary unregistered

Nothing can be as bad as it seems until phones starts exploding

10. sarhan

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2016

A HUMBLE REQUEST TO ALL IOS 9 USERS PLS DONT EVER THINK OF UPDATING YOUR PHONE TO IOS 10 OR 10.2 BECAUSE IT WILL BRICK YOUR IPHONE.I WAS A GREAT FAN OF APPLE PRODUCT.RECENTLY UPDATED MY IPHONE 6 PLUS TO IOS 10.1 FROM IOS IOS 9.3.5 AT DAT TYM I HAV FACD A FLASHING LOGO SCREEEN ISSUE WITH PARALLEL LINES FINALLY I TRIED TO RESTORE IT VIA ITUNES AS EXTRACTING SOFTWARE ITSLF TOOK AROUND 6 HRS AFTER INSTALLATION EVERYTHING WORKED PERFECT FOR AN HOUR STILL SAME FLASHING LOGO SCREEN ALONG FLICKER LINES STARTED TO APPEAR.SO DIALY I USED TO SIT ON MY IPHONE TRIED MANY METHODS DFU MODE FRIMWARE UPDATE DEN RESTORE MODE BUT ALL FAILED.ON DEC 12 IOS 10.2 RELEASED SO EXPECTED THAT THIS ISSUE WILL BE SOLVED HOPEFULLY DOWNLOADED IOS 10.2 STARTED INSTALLING ON MY IPHONE STILL AFTER A USE OF 1 DAY SAME PROBLEM THIS FLASHING LOGO SCREEN I CANT EVEN RESTORE CANT EVEN UPDATE NOW NOTHNG WORKS FOR ME.REALLY APPLE IS FORCING US TO SWITCH TO ANDROID PHONES AND ALSO I WILL NEVER BUY AN IPHONE CURRENTLY I AM USING IPHONE 6 PLUS THANKS APPLE FOR YOUR LATEST IOS 10.2 UPDATE THE BEST OS EVER BUILD AND ALSO FOR STOPPING IOS 10.1.1 and 10.1 so there is no option for downgrade too.FEDUP WD APLLE IPHONE. PLS IF YOU ARE USING IOS 9 BE THERE ITSLF DONT EVER THINK OF UPDATING TO IOS 10.2 RELEASE...

11. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

You don't have to caps, lol

12. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Yea that's true, I won't update my iPhone 5 and iPad Air(1st gen) to iOS 10, because the update want us to break the home button earlier. What a joke update.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

I got an iPhone 5, iphone 5s, and two 6s updated to the latest (and all updates since I bought it). All running smooth without issues. 5s is just as smooth as 6s. I think iOS 9 and iOS 10 and sub-versions are all safe to install. Good luck with android!

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Good luck isn't needed with Android because their users aren't forced into using only one OEM.

35. AlikMalix unregistered

iOS users aren't forced to buy anything either. They chose iPhone over android. I said good luck as in fairwell, enjoy, take care. Not sarcastically. I just wanted to point out that issue he's having is isolated and there are hundreds of millions that updated and did not get bricked.

26. willard12 unregistered

Ahhh, the Alikmalix personal testimonial. Oh well PA, you've seen his post so now you can take this article down. And please ask Apple to stop talking about an ambient air problem. what does Apple know about Apple products? Alikmalix has spoken and his grandma's, cousin's, parole officer's, and blow-up doll's Iphones are all working great. Therefore, there is no issue.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

I replied to post #10, not to the article.

34. AlikMalix unregistered

.... and f**k you for the insults you made. I didn't say anything diregotory toward you.

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