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10-28-2011, 02:03 PM #1
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!
Have you experienced disappointment with the iPhone 4S battery so far?
Source: The Guardian
10-28-2011, 02:17 PM #2
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!!!
10-28-2011, 02:30 PM #3
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.
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10-28-2011, 02:30 PM #4
I thought my phone was messed up or something but ok cuz my iPhone 4's battery last so much longer:-\
10-28-2011, 02:34 PM #5
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)
10-28-2011, 02:36 PM #6
My battery life is ok no complaints here.
10-28-2011, 02:37 PM #7
however my 3gs didnt seem to die that fast, and it had some wear and tear on it charging (abusive charging)
10-28-2011, 02:41 PM #8
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.
10-28-2011, 02:45 PM #9
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10-28-2011, 02:54 PM #11
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Great battery life here on my i4S.
10-28-2011, 02:55 PM #12
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.
10-28-2011, 02:58 PM #13
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
10-28-2011, 03:03 PM #14
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.
10-28-2011, 03:04 PM #15
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.
10-28-2011, 03:08 PM #16
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
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10-28-2011, 03:31 PM #19
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!
10-28-2011, 03:31 PM #20
One of the main cause is the inability to turn off 3G services. 3G requires a large amount of battery to maintain service.