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  • Apple Reportedly Working to Remedy Degraded iPhone 4S Battery Life

    one of the most consistent and pervasive user complaints following the release of the iPhone 4S is the seemingly degraded battery life the device delivers on an all too frequent basis.

    According to published reports Friday, the source of this problem is presently unexplainable (except some believe cloud-related glitches are to blame). That's what the folks at UK's The Guardian are hearing. Early today, the Guardian reported that Apple engineers are contacting an unknown number of iPhone 4S owners to try to solve problems with battery life on the new device. Numerous complains have been logged that significantly diminished battery performance is experienced when compared to the longevity and general performance of previous generation iPhones.

    One owner reveals in the story that Apple contacted him directly and requested that he use a "monitoring program" on the iPhone 4S as a first line of defense in simply diagnosing the problem. Here's what the person told the Guardian.

    My battery life was extremely poor - 10% drop in standby every hour. I noticed that the usage figure was roughly half that of standby, even when the phone was not being used, so I assumed something was crashing or running in the background. I switched off all the new features including Siri and location services, but it was still really poor. I also tried setting up a clean phone with no apps but it is still really poor. I then got a call from a senior [Apple] engineer who said he had read my post and was 'reaching out' to users for data and admitted this was an issue (and that they aren't close to finding a fix!) and asked lots of questions about my usage and then asked if he could install the file below and that he would call back the day after to retrieve the info. I extracted the file from my Mac after a sync and emailed it to him. He was incredibly helpful and apologetic in the typical Apple way!
    On Apple's support boards, the iPhone 4S battery life dilemma has been a huge subject of debate, with several theories circulating as to why the degraded battery life is an issue. Several users, interestingly enough, have found that backing up the phone's contents to a computer and then restoring it noticeably improves the battery life of the device.

    Have you experienced disappointment with the iPhone 4S battery so far?

    Source: The Guardian
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Reportedly Working to Remedy Degraded iPhone 4S Battery Life started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. kimmykimmy's Avatar
      kimmykimmy -
      I turned off location and made two full battery charge cycle and it got better but according to recent reports this is because of a software bug so probably I'll just wait for the software apple will provide to improve by battery life. i hope the fix is coming real soon

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    1. brett k's Avatar
      brett k -
      Update from last post; It wasnt the icloud either. I finally had to stop using my 3gs (old bootrom) as a phone. I took out the sim card and voila! the battery no longer drains. It will go on actual standby and lasted all night on 20% charge. So it's the network setting? and yes I did reset the network settings.