Products from Apple have never exactly led the pack when it comes to battery life. Users have complained that devices ranging from the MacBook to the iPad to the iPhone all tend to lose their charges much faster than their Android competitors.
But Apple’s battery-drain problems only seem to have gotten worse since the release of iOS 10 in September. Following the latest release of the company's mobile operating system, many users have complained that their iPhones not only drain the battery quickly, but oftentimes will spontaneously shut off once the battery level reaches 30 percent.
Only Making It Worse
The company has since tried to address the problem by rushing a new update, 10.2, out the door in December. However, that update appears to have made the problem even worse, with users saying that the battery indicator now indicates almost random levels before shutting down.
While Apple has acknowledged the problem, it has so far insisted that the issue is only affecting iPhone 6s model phones. But some owners of other models that are compatible with the iOS 10 platform, such as the iPhone 5, say that their devices are also afflicted with the same problem. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, though, seem to be immune to the issue.
Despite the outcry and the deluge of posts on Apple’s support forums, the company has remained guarded about the battery-drain problem, making it difficult to judge what, if any, steps it's taking to address the problem. The company has released a slew of updates throughout the short lifespan of iOS 10, but none appears to have completely fixed the bug.
And since iOS 10.2 dropped in mid-December, Apple has been doing round after round of beta testing on the iOS 10.2.1 update. While many users hope this will be the upgrade that finally fixes their buggy phones, the lack of communication coming out of Cupertino has been deafening, leaving iPhone owners to wonder if their batteries will ever get fixed.
See You in September
Given Apple’s failure to completely patch the bug in any of the four beta versions of iOS 10.2.1 it has tested, users may have to cross their fingers that the company’s next major release, iOS 10.3, fixes the issue. But Apple has followed a pattern of using its bigger, 10.x releases to introduce major new features, while relegating security and stability fixes to the smaller, incremental updates it releases in between.
If it continues to follow that pattern, that might mean the company is too busy putting the finishing touches on some of the expected new features, such as the secretive “Theater Mode," aimed at making cell phone use during a movie less conspicuous, to be able to include a fix for the battery problem.
Although iOS 10.3 could be the eighth update the system has had since it debuted in September, it could still be foundering with the battery problem, meaning users might just have to give up until iOS 11 comes to save them in September.
Posted: 2017-02-11 @ 12:02pm PT
My 6+ worked perfectly until ios 10. After install, my battery would drain 4% an hour in locked/standby. I used to recharge every 2 days (I don't use very much) but now I have to recharge once or twice a day. And it takes longer to recharge. I did all the things to reduce battery drain (I found on many forums) nothing helped. I re-installed OS several times, no help. Also, amazon lightning cables that worked fine will no longer work. It will only recharge on cables that come with the devices. The unit is always warm (not hot). If I power it off, there is no battery drain. After 2 months of this, the battery died (phone went into reboot loop at 10% charge, would never reboot or charge). I had a new battery installed, and back to the same routine. 4% battery drain in locked mode. Settings battery usage showed (since last recharge) 5% home screen, and nothing else! ( I locked after full recharge, didn't touch for 12 hours, and when I checked battery was at 35%) Fed up, I broke down and got a 7+. And yes, it works perfectly. I then wiped the 6+ clean, made a new install on itunes, removed widgets on lock screen turned off wifi cellular and everything else, and retested. SAME PROBLEM. Battery drains, won't accept aftermarket charging cables, takes way too long to recharge. I did send email to Apple. No response. I have the latest updates as of Dec 24 2016. My son has the iphone 6. After ios 10 updates he is experiencing the same issues. No excuses, Apple. I'm fed up.