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iPhone battery fix doesn't fix the problem for everyone

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 11 Nov 2011 8:17 User comments (14)

iPhone battery fix doesn't fix the problem for everyone Apple's iOS update to fix the battery life problems plaguing some iPhone owners hasn't done the job for everyone.
Numerous posts to the thread for the issue on Apple's support forums complain that the fix has not changed anything. A few people have even said the problem is worse with iOS 5.0.1.

These forum posts do not tell us how effective the fix has been overall. As anyone who has ever worked in a customer service position can tell you, it's much more likely you will hear from angry customers than satisfied customers.

And yet some people have said the problem is fixed, while others have noted a slight improvement. But for every one of those posts to that thread, there are many more complaints:

3gs: with the iOS 5.0 battery was good.
sinds the new update iOS 5.0.1 Battery life is shorter!!


Some people believe it is a hardware problem, and that Apple is aware of the problem but simply doesn't want to admit it:

Yesterday I applied the Fix 5.0.1.

Do you guys remember the "ANTENNAGATE" Fix where Apple was just has changed the display for the signal bars strength? ROFL?

They did it same here with battery.

After I intsalled the 5.0.1 full discharge and recharge, Is able to hold the 100% up to 25 min talking/surfing/emailing. After that it drops to 98% instantly, then it continues dropping so fast I cant believe!!! Apple just changed the display of the battery status....


There is also speculation that the problem is caused by the antennae:

Battery life was pretty bad on the 5.0

Worse... MUCH worse now on 5.0.1

My best guess is it's the dual antenna, and switching from WIFI to cellular data... iPhone seems to get hung up when neither signal is particularly strong... Anyway - I watched the battery percentage literally count down as I simply surfed basic websites after updating.... Lost 60% total battery in a five hour shift of walking around one small building with the phone in my pocket.


Whatever the problem is, here's what we know. It doesn't affect everyone. In fact it appears to only affect a small minority.

Upgrading to iOS 5.0.1 does help in some, but not all, cases, and may make it worse in others.

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14 user comments

111.11.2011 8:45
iammadatiphone4s
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The update for me didn?t work. So I decided to turn EVERYTHING off even 3G, and the battery is still draining, not as fast, but still draining. What to do, what to do. This is not the reason I bought the iPhone 4s, I bought it so I can use these features. Siri is off, locations is off, iCloud is off, 3G is off, Photo streaming is off, My screen brightness is all the way down. I even turned Auto brightness off. I started this morning with a full battery ( 100% ) and now I have 90% no calls, only texting, and all the above is OFF. I guess the only thing left to do, is turn the ph OFF!

211.11.2011 9:45

Originally posted by iammadatiphone4s:
The update for me didn?t work. So I decided to turn EVERYTHING off even 3G, and the battery is still draining, not as fast, but still draining. What to do, what to do. This is not the reason I bought the iPhone 4s, I bought it so I can use these features. Siri is off, locations is off, iCloud is off, 3G is off, Photo streaming is off, My screen brightness is all the way down. I even turned Auto brightness off. I started this morning with a full battery ( 100% ) and now I have 90% no calls, only texting, and all the above is OFF. I guess the only thing left to do, is turn the ph OFF!

Actually I read an article the other day on cnet about one of the writers who supposedly went to an apple store and the genius told him just that. You have to turn off your phone.Lol. He said but I use it as an alarm, the genius then said well if you can afford a $400 device, you can afford the alarm clock. So you may indeed may have to turn off your phone, even though that's really inconvenient and apple has had 18 months to get this phone as smooth as a crisp.

Strange, I've never had antennagate problems or the battery life issue when upgrading to ios 5, but I realize not everyone is as fortunate. you never really hear about these issues with other manufacturers who have been producing multiple phones. Then again apple have over 4 million new devices on the market right now after a month of its debut.

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311.11.2011 10:49

I think there a small batch of phones are out there with this issue. I have a VZ one 32gb with icloud turn on for contacts, calandars and reminders and bookmarks. Siri is on. Battery life is good, compared to the BB I had. The battery life suffers a bit when I play iheart radio for a couple of hours, but that is to be expected.

411.11.2011 11:36

Why not just ask Siri "What's draining my battery"?

511.11.2011 12:31

Originally posted by core2kid:
Why not just ask Siri "What's draining my battery"?
LOL,good one...

611.11.2011 15:19

another reason why i wont buy an iphone, havent had a problem like this with any of my android phones ever.
the phone SURE isnt worth $400. lol.

711.11.2011 17:37

Same here, My iPhones ALWAYS did some crap like this when the next new model came out. I will bet my life that Apple does this on purpose. Isn't it convenient that a disabling, device crippling firmware ALWAYS comes out just after the launch of the next new iPhone???

I got sick of the B.S. games and just got an Android. I love it and every firmware is an improvement to the phone not a marketing ploy. I'm not ever going back to the iPhone...and I've had one since the launch.



811.11.2011 22:04

Originally posted by 1nsan3:
another reason why i wont buy an iphone, havent had a problem like this with any of my android phones ever.
the phone SURE isnt worth $400. lol.

So your willing too say that you dont have a car charger our mini USB cable at your desk at work? Dont get me wrong I have an Android phone as well, and owned two iPhones in the past. But the battery life on any touch screen smart phone isnt the best in the world. The iPhone isnt any different. And for apple or any fan boy to think different is just pain crazy. But I do have to agree... the iPhone 4s isnt worth anything near 400.

912.11.2011 1:43

The battery shouldn't drain as fast as these people are describing even if you are running tons of apps at once...we are talking about a phone with a small screen, a slow processor, and no LTE...it should run for days on a charge.

From the sounds of it, they just got a bad batch of batteries. Unfortunately for the customers, you can't replace them without voiding the warranty, and Apple will probably never do a recall.



1012.11.2011 4:51

I think if it's not a battery supplier issues (i.e. bad batches/suppliers) affecting certain units, it must be something that only happens with certain apps. I know almost a dozen people w/ the new iPhone who aren't having any problems at all with it (well, there were 1 or 2 Siri-related complaints, but nothing major). So again, it sounds like something only affecting around 5% or less of users...for whatever reason.

1112.11.2011 9:54

I have a 3gs... Before iOS5, I could go 2 days without needing to charge. Now, I'm down to 50% withing hours, and 5.1 fixed nothing! I charged my phone to 100%, locked the screen, and went to bed....By morning, it was at 62%.
It can't be a bad batch of batteries, because this is affecting even older devices. They know it's software related, just not which part of the OS, or maybe they do and don't want to "turn it off".

1213.11.2011 6:57

Originally posted by puterman:
I have a 3gs... Before iOS5, I could go 2 days without needing to charge. Now, I'm down to 50% withing hours, and 5.1 fixed nothing! I charged my phone to 100%, locked the screen, and went to bed....By morning, it was at 62%.
It can't be a bad batch of batteries, because this is affecting even older devices. They know it's software related, just not which part of the OS, or maybe they do and don't want to "turn it off".

Dunno what's going on there, but I can verify a 3GS running 5.0.1 as only dropping to 96% over 12 hours in 'standby' mode...and 90% over 27 hours.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 13 Nov 2011 @ 21:42

1319.11.2011 1:30

It's always something with Apple junk, and people just continue to buy the next one, and make excuses all the way.

1419.11.2011 1:32

Remember how iOS 4 completely f****d over 3G users. 3GS/4G users, you're next.

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