iPhone battery life problems? You’re not alone - and this could be the simple reason why

Posted on 01 December, 2016

IF YOUR iPhone is suffering from pitiful battery life – do notpanic, you are not alone. iPhone users have reported issues with iOS10.1.1 that causes the smartphone to die unexpectedly – with as much as 30% battery still left in the tank.

Keeping your iPhone up-to-date with the latest software update is good practice.

It’s the best way to ensure your smartphone is protected against any security threats, and has the latest software features. However users running the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS have noticed a frustrating side effect with the new update. Multiple iPhones running iOS 10.1.1 are purportedly shutting down spontaneously – sometimes with as much as 30% battery life remaining. A thread on Apple’s own forum site runs to 16 pages of replies and complaints.

One Apple fan, using the online pseudonym Mjolcresure, posted: “Updated my iPhone 5 to iOS10.1 and have been having battery problems.

“1 - It jumps from 30% charge to 1% in a few seconds then shuts down. Now here is the stranger part. “As soon as it reboots after connecting to a charger it show 30% charge. When I unplug it right away it still shows 30% and runs like nothing happened for a good few hours. “So it goes from zero charge to 30% in the time it takes to reboot? Strange.

“2 - Shutting the phone down at night with a good 80% charge, it won’t reboot in the morning due to no battery charge. I plug it in and its back to 30% in a few seconds.”

Apple’s latest iOS update was not a substantial release.

According to the release notes, it is designed to fix a handful of bugs – including an issue where Health data could not be viewed for some users.

Twitter has not been quiet following the latest iOS update.

“Anyone else notice their iPhone 6 battery only lasts like 20 minutes with the latest iOS update?” one user tweeted.

Another posted: “Thanks to this iOS update, I can now watch my battery literally drain as I read a text. I may now have to sell my iphone 6 64GB and upgrade to a Galaxy”

“Loving the new iOS update: Apple’s most advanced battery-draining capabilities ever,” one Twitter user joked.

In the wake of a new blockbuster iOS update, it is completely normal for battery life to take a hit.

Firstly, it’s likely that you are using your smartphone more frequently.

There are a ton of fun new features to discover – and settings to tweak and play around – which will all take their toll on your battery.

And you’re also likely to be installing a lot more updates from the App Store.

But even if you haven’t touched your phone since the iOS update, it’s probably still draining faster than usual.

That’s because your smartphone will be re-indexing your data.

From contacts to app data, everything that can be searched using Spotlight on the iPhone needs to be re-categorised and sorted by the operating system.

However that is unlikely to be reason for the battery life drain reported in iOS 10.1.1, which is a much smaller update