Published on September 25th, 2017 | by Alan Cross5
Update to iOS 11 and Watch Your Battery Drain Before Your Eyes
I was hoping iOS 11 would correct some of the battery issues I’ve been having with my two-year-old iPhone 6S. Instead, it made things worse. Much worse.
A typical situation: When I left the house for spin with Bull Terrier #1 at the dog park, my phone showed a charge of 100%. WiFi and Bluetooth were on (I put on an audiobook and was using my AirPods) but all other non-essential background functions were switched off and no apps were working in the background.
By the time we made it to the dog park–a walk of about 10 minutes–the phone showed that the battery had dropped to 89%. After 40 minutes of checking email and web browsing as the Bull Terrier schmoozed the crowd, I was down to 64%.
If you’ve noticed the same thing, it’s not our imaginations. The new iOS is draining battery life at an insane rate. Decay rate is up to 60% greater. The same issues have been reported with iPads.
The situation is so dire that I almost pulled the trigger on an iPhone 8 on Saturday. But I balked after talking to a salesperson who told me she had a 6S and was going to wait to see what the iPhone X looked and felt like.
Meanwhile, time to break out the Mobi.