Nov 12 2011
With the release of iOS 5, many of us expected it to surpass our expectations and it did go way beyond everyone’s expectations but at a steep price. iOS 5 for iPhone possessed new exciting features and apps, but they seem to hamper the device’s performance by using a lot of power and thus high battery consumption. Each time your phone attempts to find your location, or tries communicating with iCloud or has any background app running, it caused battery drainage. Although a slow and steady battery drain is to be expected, iPhone users with iOS 5 are experiencing quicker drainage than with previous versions of the OS.
As more and more users started experiencing the same problem it became a necessity for Apple to address it. And so did they respond, with the release of iOS 5.0.1, claiming it to be a software issue.
Unfortunately many customers are still experiencing battery trouble, even after updating their phones to the latest software. In order to find some answers, users have made a beeline towards Apple support forums, where battery related topics are currently receiving thousands of views. Customer complaints mention a battery drainage problem remains, in spite of the update. Even worse, others mention that poor battery performance was never experienced until they had updated. However, some customers are noticing an improvement.
In a statement given to AllThingsD, Apple confirmed that some users are still affected by poor battery life:
“The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices. We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.”
For the time being you can do the following to get as much out of your battery:
· Delete Battery Consuming Apps: A location-based app “Find My Friends” shares your location with your friends. Once the novelty wears off and if you don’t have a use for it, delete it. Your location is being tracked by an app when a purple arrow appears on the top bar of your iPhone’s screen.
· Dim Your Screen: There is no need to use full brightness of your phone. Dim it to a comfortable level.
· Reduce Push Notifications: Find which apps overload you with push notifications by going to Settings then Notifications. Turn off the ones you don’t need.
We hope that Apple will solve the battery issues many are experiencing with their next update.