iPhone-owners have been hit by dramatically reduced battery life since updating their handsets to the newest version of Apple’s operating system, in the latest snafu to affect its much maligned seventh-gen software.
In news that once again underlines the wisdom of waiting to update until feedback arrives from early adopters, iPhone-users are reporting that charging time has increased and battery duration has shortened since bumping their smartphones to iOS 7.1.
One testimony on Apple’s official support forums claims the effect is so ruinous that their battery “drains to 50% within an hour or so after intense use on the lowest level of brightness”.
Another describes how his iPhone 5S has been “draining the battery like crazy” and pins the blame on location-based services, while a slew of the 80 or so posts in the discussion we followed testify that battery longevity has been cut by as much as 50%.
Apple has yet to offer any explanation or acknowledge there might be a problem. That’s something that won’t surprise seasoned Cupertino-watchers, but will be scant consolation to those affected nonetheless.
The good news is that you might be able to mitigate the problem yourself without having to wait for a fix from on high.
One user claims that a hard reset will restore the cell's longevity to normal, while others recommend ‘reconditioning the battery’ by allowing it to power down completely and then recharging fully.
Have you been affected by post-iOS 7.1 battery drain? What fixes have you tried? Let us know in the comments section below.