Apple’s iPhone is among the most powerful, feature-rich smartphones on the market today — fully capable of handling even the most demanding tasks, and oftentimes multiple of them, like pure clock-work. However, as with all good things in life, our iPhones are certainly not without their flaws, chiefly among them being the handset’s often-lackluster battery life.
Yes, Apple’s iOS may indeed be a juice sipper of a mobile operating system — but the lithium-ion batteries powering them have left plenty of users disgruntled, plenty of times before. And while Apple is generally transparent and “quick-to-the-punch,” so to speak, when it comes to addressing issues in this capacity — even going so far as to offer replacement batteries, free of charge, on certain devices — it appears that the latest slate of battery drama to emerge from Cupertino is affecting several users, with mixed signals coming from Apple, itself.
As reported by ZDNet, user complaints about rapidly draining iPhone batteries began to pick up steam late last month, shortly after the Silicon Valley tech-titan began seeding its incremental iOS 10.1.1 update to users. However, it was one, single thread on Apple’s Support forums, in particular, that appears to have let the horses out of the gates on this latest, yet-to-be-addressed battery issue.
The thread began with just one user complaint, a user indicating that his iPhone 5 began displaying “odd battery behavior” shortly after updating it to iOS 10.1. In that instance, he reported, the device’s battery reading dropped from about 30 percent to just one percent within a matter of seconds — and then, poof, in the blink of an eye, their iPhone 5 powered down. As odd as it may seem, the same user reported that it wasn’t until they plugged the device directly into a power source that it immediately turned back on — revealing the same 30 percent battery life reading.
Well, one thing lead to another, as various users began reporting “similar” issues with their iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s handsets, asking their fellow support forum peers for input, and now the single post has evolved into a whopping 16-pages worth of inquiries and responses — in a telltale sign that Cupertino might have some serious explaining to do.
Simply reading through the litany of varying questions and responses on Apple’s Support forum, however, doesn’t exactly paint a clear picture about what’s going on. Is the issue, in fact, being caused by the iOS 10.1.1 update? Could all these users really be experiencing the same issue? It’s hard to tell, and therefore, even harder to say — but one thing is for certain: Apple has yet to provide comment on this most recent round of complaints. And when we will hear from them is still as “in the air” as iCloud. Be sure to stay tuned for further developments in this story, though; and if you want to learn some of the best battery maximizing tricks iOS has to offer, be sure to check out our exclusive 10 tips on how to easily double your iPhone’s battery life.
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