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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.

    Originally Posted by :
    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. Adbs98's Avatar
      Adbs98 -
      This was the first thing I noticed when using the 4s. Let take today for instance. I pulled my phone off the charger at 8am and it is now 4pm and I have 32% battery life left. WTF is what I say. The worst part about this is yesterday I had turned off all Icloud, all notifications, all push email, wifi, and bluetooth to see if this would fix. Apple please fix your mess!!!
    1. Chityuulay's Avatar
      Chityuulay -
      Yes! i have same problem with verizon iphone 4s and i noticed it 4 days after i got the iphone. i went back to verizon iphone store (2141 86 street store near Bay Pkwy in brooklyn) <-- ( stay away from that store if possible ), which i bought my iphone from and Rep name Woody states that it is normal for iphone 4s to last 5 hours battery life with normal usage, refused to exchange or even test it and asked me to call technical support. I thought i am the only one with that battery issue. and also manager from same store told me i shouldn't charge my iphone over night and it might damage my phone because i told her i charged my phone usually overnight. and she told me i shouldn't be charging more than 4 hours. i guess verizon employee from that store are full of ****. but when i call verizon rep on phone they were very helpful and offered me exchange with another 4s because it is within 14 days.
    1. Kinkme93's Avatar
      Kinkme93 -
      I thought my phone was messed up or something but ok cuz my iPhone 4's battery last so much longer:-\
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      my battery seems to be "adjusting" unplugged it around 6:40amits 4:30pm im at 71% no charge sense morningwhile yesterday by now i was at about 55%usage isnt varying much, i did notice though my emails seem to stall on receiving, (isnt checking for mail often)
    1. davesnothere11's Avatar
      davesnothere11 -
      My battery life is ok no complaints here.
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chityuulay View Post
      Yes! i have same problem with verizon iphone 4s and i noticed it 4 days after i got the iphone. i went back to verizon iphone store in 86 street store near Bay Pkwy in brookly, which i bought my iphone from and Rep name Woody states that it is normal for iphone 4s to last 5 hours battery life with normal usage, refused to exchange or even test it and asked me to call technical support. I thought i am the only one with that battery issue. and also manager from same store told me i shouldn't charge my iphone over night and it might damage my phone because i told her i charged my phone usually overnight. and she told me i shouldn't be charging more than 4 hours. i guess verizon employee from that store are full of ****. but when i call verizon rep on phone they were very helpful and offered me exchange with another 4s because it is within 14 days.
      actually that applies to all batteries, there meant to die (all the way) then charged (all the way to 100%) and if it is left too long, u "over charge" it where it ends up permanently damaging the battery making it have an even shorter life span
      however my 3gs didnt seem to die that fast, and it had some wear and tear on it charging (abusive charging)
    1. Amillio's Avatar
      Amillio -
      My battery life is horrible i can piratically sit the and watch the percentage drop while doing even the slightest thing between that and no jailbreak i almost want to go back to my iPhone 4.
    1. Chityuulay's Avatar
      Chityuulay -
      Quote Originally Posted by PathKiller29 View Post
      actually that applies to all batteries, there meant to die (all the way) then charged (all the way to 100%) and if it is left too long, u "over charge" it where it ends up permanently damaging the battery making it have an even shorter life span
      however my 3gs didnt seem to die that fast, and it had some wear and tear on it charging (abusive charging)
      eh i don't remember reading anything from official apple site or manual stating about 4 hours or overcharging. aren't those device suppose to build in smart circuit or something like that? and where did i say i overcharged? or overnight is overcharging?
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chityuulay View Post
      eh i don't remember reading anything from official apple site or manual stating about 4 hours or overcharging. aren't those device suppose to build in smart circuit or something like that?
      i dont know about that 4 hour crap. but the over charging applies to ALL devices with rechargeable devices..if it applies to everything,
      that isn't something they would have to write
    1. AfterMercyFM's Avatar
      AfterMercyFM -
      Great battery life here on my i4S.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Yeah, there is definitely a problem with the battery life of the iPhone 4S. On a more broad look at things, it is affecting more than just the iPhone 4S. My iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G are seeing considerably lower battery life. iOS 5 pulls too many notification and location settings all at once and it really takes a toll on the battery. iOS 4 never had these problems on my older devices. Maybe it doesn't help that Siri needs to connect to an external server to operate. That too will cause drainage – while irrelevant to the user that was interviewed by the Apple engineers in this article, it's another thing that takes a toll on battery life on the iPhone 4S.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      It's because of Siri
      It's always running in the background
      The issue is not so much that but the fact that it's constantly checking your location so turn that off in
      Settings->Location Services-> Siri
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      I haven't really noticed any battery issues on my 4S. But then again i put my 4S away and have been using my iP4 for the lack of a jailbreak on the 4S.
    1. Chityuulay's Avatar
      Chityuulay -
      I seriously doubt that was Siri, cuz the first thing i did was turn off location service and Siri. but still not improving ( aleast i didn't see any different.). Siri might effect battery life but i don't think that much, not in my case.
    1. Mlitz69's Avatar
      Mlitz69 -
      I've noticed if I leave my iPhone 4 plugged in all night the battery dies faster than if I plug it in then unplug it right after it reaches full charge
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Yeah, there is definitely a problem with the battery life of the iPhone 4S. On a more broad look at things, it is affecting more than just the iPhone 4S. My iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G are seeing considerably lower battery life. iOS 5 pulls too many notification and location settings all at once and it really takes a toll on the battery. iOS 4 never had these problems on my older devices. Maybe it doesn't help that Siri needs to connect to an external server to operate. That too will cause drainage while irrelevant to the user that was interviewed by the Apple engineers in this article, it's another thing that takes a toll on battery life on the iPhone 4S.




      no problems with my jailbroken i phone4 i will wait to upgrade to 4s till fixed
    1. frjuan's Avatar
      frjuan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Adbs98 View Post
      This was the first thing I noticed when using the 4s. Let take today for instance. I pulled my phone off the charger at 8am and it is now 4pm and I have 32% battery life left. WTF is what I say. The worst part about this is yesterday I had turned off all Icloud, all notifications, all push email, wifi, and bluetooth to see if this would fix. Apple please fix your mess!!!
      So, you've used your phone for 8 hours and you only have 32% left??? You should have like, 97% or something.... WOW!!!
    1. jcrakes14's Avatar
      jcrakes14 -
      I noticed when I first got my 4S that the battery life sucked initially. Although with keeping track and all that I feel like after using it a week it has gotten somewhat better. I initially thought it might have been like an issue when the battery had to "break in" before it would work to it operating standards. However as with Apple, I'm sure in a few months we'll see a update fix which we can do wirelessly!
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      One of the main cause is the inability to turn off 3G services. 3G requires a large amount of battery to maintain service.
    1. shigh's Avatar
      shigh -
      My 4s has great battery life
      Full charge: full day of use
      Six hours of standby for while im sleeping. Still %35 left. Win