iPhone 4S battery-gate: is it real?

iPhone 4S battery-gate: is it real?
Last year’s iPhone 4 was a big hit, but it came with one huge blunder dubbed “antenna-gate.” The iPhone 4S fixes the reception issue radically and very effectively using a dual-antenna setup and the phone “intelligently” switches between the two for better transmission and reception. But could there be another huge issue lurking to discredit the iPhone 4S incredible initial success? 

“Battery-gate” as many have already started referring to, stands basically for a very quick drain of the battery on the iPhone 4S. Some users say their year old iPhone 4 has also been affected after the iOS 5 update and many are seeking the root of the problem in constant iCloud syncing, but really the problem doesn’t seem to be effectively solved yet.

Here’s what some users on different forums had to say:

We’d love to hear what’s your experience with iOS 5 and whether the issue is really as widespread as it seems, so don’t hesitate to cast your votes in the poll below. We’ll publish the results on Friday, but in the meantime you can also chime in with your detailed experiences in the comments below.

Thanks to everyone who mentioned the iPhone 4S battery issue in their comments earlier!

Have you noticed a significant drop in battery life after the iOS 5 update?

Yes, I have the new iPhone 4S and it drains battery faster than the Cookie Monster eats cookies.
Yes, I’ve update to iOS 5 on my iPhone 4/3GS and the battery life has gotten much worse.
I haven’t noticed anything like that.
I have an Android/Windows Phone/Symbian/feature phone, so I don’t care.

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I guess that poll so far kind means there is a probkem. I know thats a huge problem with any phone is to have apps or systems constantly checking internet and syncing. I have that problem with android and did with windows mobile if i let it happen. I hope its jyst a matter of tweaking the settings to not start stuff upp as much to sync or what ever.

12. XrandomdroidX

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 03, 2011

android phones also have battery gate but is because of need to press back and not home button to exit apps. most apps just freeze the data so most android phones also lag because of that. even if auto sync is off. dont get me wrong i use galaxy ace and its awesome,just the battery dies fast :P

16. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

As a 4S user, I honestly have had no issues with the battery. This is my first iPhone so I can't compare to iOS4, but it gets much better battery life than my Droid Pro used to get.

46. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

its not only the battery being terrible on the iphone 4s now aparently alot of the screens are faulty!!!!! http://www.slashgear.com/some-iphone-4s-users-claim-to-have-yellow-screen-discoloration-18188672/

2. SpyDoorMan

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

"faster than the Cookie Monster eats cookies" LOL its on the OS not the phone.

47. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

the battery is faulty now the apple forums are lighting up with faulty screen problems!! https://discussions.apple.com/message/16416545?tstart=0#16416545?tstart=0 maybe cookie monster pee-ed on the screen

3. Cyd07

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Is it humour, to make a case with "I'm a ... user, I don't care" ? The results will just be less readable. And, yes, I am a Symbian user so I don't care...

5. Victor.H

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 27, 2011

Not everyone is an iPhone user, but still some on other platforms might check this article, so that's an option for all of them. Plus, this way they won't get tempted to pick any of the other options reserved for iOS users only! :)

7. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Yes. Good way to weed out the I'll-click-on-anything-since-I-can't-really-relate type of people who'll pick any of the real choices *just because*. I, for one, picked "I'm a ... user, I don't care".

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I personally entered thinking it was a regular article. And found it was a poll, is not that I don't care but I currently have a non ios device for now. I found the last option useful

26. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Why do the idiots SuperAndroidEvo, or Remixfa never get moderated? They are trolling up and down on this post, and of course it's tolerated.

34. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

a troll is someone who posts inflammatory,extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Maybe it has to do with the new notification system. True multitasking has its negatives.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

call me when the iphone gets true multitasking. :) no, the difference is, now its syncing things OTA like android where it did not before. All that syncing drains the battery. Its par for the course when syncing is done wrong. You have androids. you know battery can be great or horrible depending on whats running in the background.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes I have noticed the iPhone 4S on standby doesn't last as long as the iPhone 4 did before it got the iOS5 update. I noticed that the iPhone 4 with iOS5 gets worse battery life now because of the new update. The iPhone 4S dies noticeably faster than the iPhone 4 with iOS5. Maybe it dies faster because it's dual-core, or maybe it's the notification system, or maybe it's both. Again no phone is perfect as illustrated by the new iPhone 4S. Battery-gate I wonder what Tim Cook will say? You have to charge it the right way! lol

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Right? No, no, no, you need to always use the bottom outlet not the top one. If you use the top outlet your phone will drain faster! Gosh don't you know that?

35. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

remixfa, don't troll

37. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Really PhoneArena Team? He & I are having fun. Now there is the troll police? What is going on around here?

41. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

PhoneArena Team is Trolling...

43. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

I like how u guy scomment on remixfa when the 1webdroidberry7 gets nothing for ripping on them when they didnt even write anything at that point

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

How have you noticed this? Do you have an iPhone?

33. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ohh I thought I made this clear, just so you know I have received every iPhone ever made on opening day. Remember the company who my Father works for made the Wall Street Journal App. The Wall Street Journal gives my Father's team a free iPhone & iPad when they come out. My Father has no use for it so he gives me the iPhone & gives my younger brother the iPad. So yes I have a 64GB Apple iPhone 4S. You are right on not getting the iPhone 4S, the only difference between your iPhone 4 & the new 4S is the camera. That is all, I see no difference in speed between the iPhone 4 on iOS5 & the iPhone 4S. Siri is fun but I got bored very quickly. The games that will take advantage of the new dual-core 800MHz processor don't exist yet. You are better off waiting for the iPhone 5. One thing I can say though for whatever reason iOS5 drains the battery quicker on the iPhone 4 & the iPhone 4S drains quicker than the iPhone 4. I think it’s a combination of both the dual-core & iOS5.

38. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Well I think it's a software glitch on the 4 at least because mine is getting better battery life

40. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well I guess to each is own! Those have been my findings. Also my buddy & his girl are both getting worse battery life with the new iOS5 update on their iPhone 4's. Those are 3 separate phones that I know about!

31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I don't think the new notifications opened up full multitasking. It still uses push notifications and has freeze states for apps etc.

6. krysis

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

if it does have to do with synching icloud, i'd imagine theres a setting somewhere to take care of it, and if not, i'd assume a simple ota update would fix the problem easily? just assuming, i know nothing of the iphone personally.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

it could be that, could be a widget or a bug. It has a fix? Maybe depending on how deep the "issue" is

10. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Maybe iOS is now trying to be Android that's why they snag some of the features and so as the battery life.

13. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

maybe its just cuz its an apple product :D

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Everything I have been reading on iOS sites I follow, indicates a battery issue with the 4S. I suspect it is due to either iCloud synching or... Siri. My bet is on Siri. Siri is a resource-intensive app, and as CPU utilization goes up, so does battery consumption.

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