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Users Experiencing Battery Draining on Latest iOS 11.4 Update

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Last month, Apple released its latest iOS 11.4 update intended for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The new update brought about some really interesting new features to iOS, particularly on iCloud with Messages and AirPlay 2 support. Despite the new update, it looks like there is a downside to it especially its battery.

Earlier today, a number of iOS users sought assistance on Apple's support forum. Using the forum, users reported several battery issues they encountered after they updated their device to run the latest iOS version. Looking at the reports sent by users, it appears that the issue is affecting a variety of iPhone models. Affected models include the iPhone 6, iPhone SE, and even the iPhone X.

Several of the complaints showed that iOS 11.4 was draining the battery of certain iPhone models by 20-25 percent. Even users who have done a battery replacement a few months ago have encountered the battery draining issue after updating their OS.

iOS 11.4 update went live on May 29th throughout the world. One of the biggest features added to this iteration include the ability to store messages in iCloud. In doing so, users were able to keep their messages safe and backed up in the event that their iPhone or iPad broke down. The update also introduced new improvements to how the new HomePod smart speaker can be controlled.

Despite these improvements, users have been unhappy with how quickly the new update has been draining their battery life. Yet strangely, a small number of users have reportedly experienced an improvement in their battery performance. These users have noticed the improved battery performance ever since they updated their device.

As of this writing, Apple has not yet made a comment on these reported issues users are experiencing with the latest iOS 11.4 update. A "Community Specialist" on the forum has responded with links to articles on repair costs and iPhone batteries. However, no precise solution has been provided. Some users have advised on turning off WiFi so that battery draining can be prevented. There are others who point out switching to a 2.4GHz network instead of 5GHz network can help. Other users opted to roll back to the previous iOS build, iOS 11.3.1.

Hopefully, Apple releases a fix to this solution real soon.


Source: BGR


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  1. This is another good reminder to avoid "big step" X.Y.0 releases of iOS until the bugs are ironed out with small step .1 or .2 release.

    To avoid the annoying reminders to upgrade, just use the tvOS fake profile loophole.

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  2. "Updating is our strength"

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  3. I don’t think the battery is draining faster so much as the battery indicator jumps around erratically. Maybe they’ve been tinkering with the battery voltage to percent left logic? My phone will stay at 100 or the high 90s for over an hour then suddenly jump to 80. I have an iPhone SE and 11.4.

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  4. But,But,But, I products are the BEST! It appears they are just slamming updates out for the sake of updating.

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    1. Apple has been extremely sloppy and careless with their iOS updates lately.

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    2. I agree. It's probably a big conspiracy to convince people who won't pay $29 to replace phone batteries when they are really worn out to switch to Android.

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    3. Conspiracy? No, I just think Apple are a bunch of anti-consumer skinflints who actually dare to charge people extra to replace defective parts which should be replaced entirely free.

      And I will be the first to say that a lot of the Android companies do this too.

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    4. "actually dare to charge people extra to replace defective parts"
      I haven't heard this before. What defective parts is Apple charging people to replace?

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  5. We have two 6S, a 7 and a 7 Plus running 11.4 and battery life is the same or slightly better that it was with 11.3.x.

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  6. I haven't noticed anything yet. My iphone 6 seems normal.

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  7. My iPad has been shutting down even though the battery indicates at least 50 percent.

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  8. I have no problem with the latest iOS using iPhone 8 Plus.

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  9. my iphone 5s is draining faster.

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  10. Are you concerned like I am about Google slurping my private data to sell, but aren't doing much if anything about it? I just sent a few euros to eelo, the non-profit startup founded by Gaël Duval, the founder of Mandrake Linux. By this Fall he plans to have the first Android-based ROM available with open-source replacements for Google Mobile Services. His slogan is "Your data is your data." Eventually eelo may sell smartphones with the OS installed. Their prototype phone is working now with their new 'Bliss Launcher.' Details here:
    https://www.eelo.io and here:
    https://hackernoon.com/leaving-apple-and-google-my-eelo-odyssey-part1-the-mobile-os-f378ee247315

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  11. Our two iPad Mini 2 with the old, original batteries are performing the same as they did before iOS 11.4.

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  12. Unless app makers start offering APKs alongside links to both stores, I'm afraid app availability locks people into Google Play.

    Gotta break the application monopoly before offering a competing platform, otherwise it's a fool's errand.

    Just look at Firefox OS and Cyanogen.

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    1. eelo also knows this and has plans to link the two best stores for both open and proprietary apps, and gradually build their own app store. eelo will come with replacements for Google apps and services. They also address incentives for developers to code to the eelo platform.

      Sailfish OS is taking a somewhat different approach to resolve this issue. I hope they sign with a US distributer soon. Right now their priorities are latin America, EU and the Russian Government, which is planning to most of their current iPhones, iPads (and their few Android phones and tablets) with Sailfish OS devices over the next few years.

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    2. The names aren't cool, sexy or hip and neither is the marketing. It's the classic Linux (which isn't Unix, BSD or GNU don'cha know) problem of not doing anything better in a way that matters to the general consumer.

      That, and I can't get all muh cash grab gacha games on it either. Gotta have that digital crack with my morning cup of covfefe.

      Anyway, replacing doesn't cut it. Gotta improve or fail, bruh.

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  13. "I haven't heard this before. What defective parts is Apple charging people to replace?"

    Apple charging $29 to replace defective batteries they shipped in iPhones is old news. Fanboys think it is great that they aren't stiffing customers for $79 for this but it should be free.

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    1. Apple is not "charging to replace defective batteries they shipped in iPhones."

      Apple is offering every customer a $50 discount who wants a new iPhone battery out of warranty, whether the battery is worn out and slowing the iPhone or not.
      Apple stores will replace your battery even if it has 80% or more original capacity and the iPhone is operating at full speed. This discount is for iPhone models that would be slowed by Apple's firmware ONLY to avoid unexpected shutdown when a worn battery could not supply enough power (charge too low for conditions, or worn-out cells).
      Yes, this is old news. But Apple is NOT "charging people to replace defective batteries they shipped in iPhones." Apple has fully paid to replaced defective iPhone batteries twice; once for Sony batteries in iPhone 5.x and again for iPhone 6S. And they paid even when those batteries were out of warranty. And of course they will still replace any defective or worn-out battery during the warranty period.

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  14. Sorry. Apple still charges $29 to replace defective batteries. You went pretty far afield there.

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    1. The defect (phone powers off when batteries are excessively cold or excessively old) has been fixed with software / firmware update. There's nothing wrong with the device other than the engineering tolerances were too tight (which unlike Samsung, didn't cause a fire).

      "If your iPhone is covered by warranty, or consumer law, we'll replace your battery at no charge."

      So, nope, Apple charges $0 to replace defective batteries. They charge $29 to replace compliant batteries.

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