Apple investigation iPhone 4S battery life complaints

Apple investigation iPhone 4S battery life complaints

Apple is reportedly looking into complains about iPhone 4S battery life. Apple has done this before, typically after the release of new versions of the operating system, like 3.0, and asked users to install diagnostic utilities to help them track down the problem.

Previously on TiPb we've run a poll asking about your iPhone 4S and iOS 5 battery life, and we've giving you our top tips for troubleshooting and extending your battery life, but it's nice to see Apple still takes the issue seriously. Hopefully any problems they do find will be addressed in an upcoming iOS 5.0.1 update.

Source: The Guardian

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♛ Ryan Royer ♛ says:

My 4S has no battery issues what so ever! white 64GB Verizon and it gets pretty good use during the day too with email texting and calls.

Bobby says:

Letting people know that you have a 64GB doesn't have anything to do with battery life.

BLiNK says:

correct. but has everything to do with his ego

Mobounce says:

Def notice shorter battery life on my 4S with same day to day use as my 4. :(

Alex Harker says:

I noticed my iPhone 4 battery running down into the single digits before being plugged in at night when it usually would be around 30% when I went to bed. This happened the first couple of days it had the iOS5 update but now everything seems to have gone back to normal. Maybe I was subconsciously using it more to check out the new iOS features!

rbohica4 says:

16 gb Verizon - mine is great and I abuse it everyday.

frog says:

The initial issue seems to be spotlight rebuilding its database; seems to take a few days. Since then my 4S battery has been excellent.

Scott says:

My battery life is awful. Drains really quickly. I bought a phonesuit and took delivery 2 days ago. Greatest product ever...now I get a full day of life.

mmmpow3r says:

Try this:
Settings, Location Services, System Services (at bottom):
* Leave Cell Network Search ON
* Leave Compass Calibration ON
* Leave Status Bar Icon ON
** Everything else OFF

Chris says:

My battery was horrible. I turned off the Siri when you hold to face option and now it is great. I would recommend that for now

Ios5ishorrible says:

they also need to fix push email

Cdobbs99 says:

What's wrong with Push email? Are you not getting them?

iPhoneDon797 says:

I first had horrible battery life on my 4S then swapped it out because of that and I was getting weird glitches even after a clean restore. After the swap the new 4S has been great and I have the same settings so maybe there was an iPhone 4S batch that was bad.

AGUILAREAGLE says:

4S Battery Drain can in addition to heavy use be attributed to the X2 processor (A5) and the new camera, 8MP uses more energy then the 5MP, 1080 > 720 etc,etc,etc.... Apple will update with a nominal noticeable difference, but once user get familiar with phones and settings after the initial honeymoon period, I'd bet the complaints will be fewer.

Mclars says:

I think it's the new processor. Some of the iOS 5 features could be adding to the problem too, but both of our 4Ss drain faster and my wife has very little configured. I also still have a 4, setup the same as my 4S, with iOS 5, and it doesn't drain as fast. You can literally watch the battery percentage tick down on the 4S every ten minutes or so just sitting on the home screen without any apps running in the background. My 4 never did that before and it still doesn't with iOS5. I have tried all the tricks, here and elsewhere, and I don't think I have a bad battery. It just seems like the 4S is using more power–which makes sense with the dual-core.
I do hope Apple can do some tweaking with an update, but I think putting more horsepower in the same package, with basically the same battery, means we're just going to have to accept a little less battery life.

Bish0p3473 says:

Battery life has gone down since iOS 4.3 for the iPhone 4 (always more than one day to 8 hours max with one update). iOS 5 has been worse. Hopefully they push a fix in the new update.

Michael Ramputi says:

this would be acceptable except i had the 4... got the 4s the same day did nothing new on it because it was nothing much different. i used to get 2 days on my 4 complete without charging... now im lucky to get a day and its the same basic use with my phone nothing special..

Michael Ramputi says:

this would be acceptable except i had the 4... got the 4s the same day did nothing new on it because it was nothing much different. i used to get 2 days on my 4 complete without charging... now im lucky to get a day and its the same basic use with my phone nothing special..

Aflatlinecrescendo says:

What diagnostic utilities are there?

congressdj says:

Not only is my battery life abysmal (and my usage is exactly the same as with my 4), but I also have problems with the phone fully charging overnight. I usually wake up and the phone shows a plug logo on the battery meter, yet the percentage is 96% or 97%. Unplugging the phone and plugging back in fixes allows it to finally get to 100%, but this problem is consistent and persists even after a restore.

Orangesforann says:

I have the exact same problem. Doesn't reach 100%

Mike Miller says:

I thought I had that problem. What it does is this:
It will charge to 100%, but will drop down to 99%, 98%, 97% and so on, but still display the plug logo you describe.
This tells me it stops charging when it reaches full, but won't accept a charge until the cord is disconnected and reconnected.

Tony says:

Lithium batteries are NOT supposed to be overcharged as it damages the cells. I'm guessing either the device or the charger has advance inbuilt algorithms to cut it off at 100% and constantly cycle it around the 96-100 mark. My MacBook Air actually does the same thing.
I've also noticed that other brands just keeps blasting the battery with recharge even thought its already 100%. And if you like to keep your laptop or whatever constantly plugged in, one day when you go to use it portably, you'd find that battery is completely stuffed and suddenly shuts down after like 45mins with no warning at all.
Apple actually did the damn research into battery chemistry and ways to keep the battery in good condition, unlike the rest of the garbage brands out there, and here you guys are moaning and whining and bitching about it.
Geez..

Anton Frost says:

Did you run your battery down to Zero, Gina? :-)

Aztek13 says:

My 4s' battery life was horrible at first. Then I read and used TiPb's suggestions. I think that turning off ping is what really made the difference. Now by the end of the day I'm still at +/- 35% whereas before I'd have to be charging it by 6 pm. The same goes for my wife's iP4 since iOS 5 was installed.

Greg says:

Shouldn't have to dumb down your smartphone.... Just saying.

Mike Miller says:

My dumbed down smartphone is still smarter than your smartphone.

Aztek13 says:

My 4s' battery life was horrible at first. Then I read and used TiPb's suggestions. I think that turning off ping is what really made the difference. Now by the end of the day I'm still at +/- 35% whereas before I'd have to be charging it by 6 pm. The same goes for my wife's iP4 since iOS 5 was installed.

Whatever says:

No one has considered the obvious: iMessage is entirely data-based. Firing up a data session every time someone starts typing a message costs precious battery. Disable iMessage and your battery will last longer.

Sandy says:

Is this a serious post? iMessage? LOL!

Jsoncv says:

Yeah but how many dumb butt questions are you asking Siri? Comments are becoming a wine fest, freakin cry babies. And dumb butt "I swapped my phone" yeah smart, everyone swap your phone because one person said it now (which I'm sure wasn't the issue, probably just wanted you to leave already) and create a bigger shortage... Babies, all up in here. The 4s is an amazing device and until you get passed the aw moment will it get better. And someone better not post another"I do the same thing as before and its worse" comment, BABY! Hahaha

Rob90262 says:

Coming from a android phone the iphone battery life for me is great go through a whole day and will still be around 40%

Anton Frost says:

That's what I'm saying. No way the EVO would've lasted all day on the standard battery. This iPhone 4S outlasts the EVO on the standard battery. But if Apple can come up with a way to make it even better, that's good too.

Speters3 says:

Me too - mine keeps going all day long.

TechNGuide says:

People could start trying to restore their iPhones as a new one instead of restoring from a backup. It helps.

Jeffola says:

i'd have no problem with a slightly larger phone (SLIGHTLY) with excellent battery life. I loved my Iphone4, and my 4s is great, but I wanted, and EXPECTED better battery life. The apple store checked it and said Dual core processors use more juice

Sandy says:

How much power could be required for that tiny display? Oh maybe it's Siri. No, that's all done on Apple's servers, and nobody even uses it anymore. Weird!

Jeff says:

Yesterday morning I took my iPhone 4S off the charger. It was 100% in the morning. Last night when I went to bed, it was at 95%, after a day's use. I have no complaints about the battery.

Carioca says:

You´re saying that your phone can go 20 days on a single charge?
Wow, you can probably sell this phone on Ebay for a million dollars.

Christoph says:

I'm betting that most people have Foursquare and turned on Radar. When Radar is on, my battery drops by 10% an hour. When it's off, no problem.

Beautyspin says:

Did you tell Apple Engineers about this diagnosis?

John says:

I wonder how serious this problem is.

Frankie says:

Why don't apple fix this like they did with the antenna bars at first and just make the battery logo look like it is half full when in reality it is below 25%. ( incase anyone doesn't remember apple made the smallest bars on the signal indicators slightly larger to give the impression that there was better signal)
Na but seriously I just updated to iOS 5 and have no battery issues my only big is that more often than not when I press the home button to awaken my phone it registers as a double press and has the play/pause and camera shortcuts showing

Chando says:

Just Got mine yesterday ... Battery ran down faster than normal (compared to the 4) yesterday. I had it charging for about 2 hrs today, got up to 77% .. Checked it about 45 min later and it's at 75% and still on the charger. Put it right back on and before i could, it dropped to 74%. I hope they fix it soon.

Maurizio says:

for this kind of battery problems exist casepower ...

Iphone4ssux says:

Battery life is total CRAP on iphone 4s

Iphone4ssux says:

Battery life is total CRAP on iphone 4s

Iphone4ssux says:

Battery life is total CRAP on iphone 4s