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Apple's iOS 7.1 update reportedly is draining iPhone batteries

iPhone 4S users report have WiFi connectivity issues
Mon Mar 17 2014, 11:08
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Apple's iOS 7.1 update might have delivered useful features to iPhone users, but it also reportedly is draining iPhone batteries.

That's according to complaints at the Apple Support Forums and on Twitter, with users complaining that since installing iOS 7.1 they have noticed reductions in battery life, with their handsets also taking longer to recharge.

One unhappy iPhone user moaned, "My iPhone 5S battery seem to drain much faster than usual, and charge longer. My battery drains to 50 [percent] within an hour or so after intense use on the lowest level of brightness."

Another chipped in, saying, "My iPhone 5S has been draining like crazy since the iOS 7.1 Update. This morning I woke up at 8:30, my phone was at 100 [percent]. It's now 10:40 and my phone is at 85 [percent]. This really needs to be fixed because I'm on my phone basically all day and we don't want to have to charge all the time."

With Apple having yet to confirm there's a problem, it's unclear how many people have been affected. It's also not clear whether the bug is affecting all iPhone models, with most users complaining about issues with the firm's latest iPhone 5S. We're using an iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1, and have not noticed the battery life problem.

However, some savvy users over on Apple's forums seem to have developed potential fixes for the problem. One user wrote that doing a hard reset of the phone will bring battery life back up to normal, while others reported that a clean install should remedy the issue.

As if this wasn't bad enough news for Apple, iOS 7.1 is also causing WiFi connection issues for iPhone 4S users, with those using the older iPhone reportedly unable to hook-up to WiFi networks.

Apple has yet to respond to our request for comment. µ

 

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