Apple iOS Update Draining iPhone Batteries, Limbaugh May Have Fix

Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 11:01 PM

By Greg Richter

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The latest Apple operating system update is leaving some iPhones and iPads with drained batteries.

Apple introduced iOS 7.1 on Monday, and users immediately began complaining on Apple Community Forum message boards and Twitter, The Huffington Post reports.

In addition to fast-draining batteries, users reported poor Bluetooth connectivity and spontaneous restarts after the software was installed. Yahoo Tech reported that some users were able to fix the problems by reinstalling the software via iTunes.

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, an Apple user, said he had a similar problem, though it wasn’t tied specifically to iOS 7.1. He suggested users monitor their phones soon after fully charging them and rebooting.

"If you're experiencing massive rapid battery loss, charge it up, full charge and start using it," Limbaugh told his radio audience on Friday.  "And if in 10 minutes, 15 minutes of very little usage you're down to 98, 97 percent on your battery, shut it down, restart it. If after that it reads 100 percent, then you are experiencing the same little thing I am, and that'll fix it."

Limbaugh did not guarantee the fix would work for everyone.

Tech site Mobiletor.com also suggested reinstallation through iTunes, but reminded readers to back up their data first, since the process would erase all the phone's contents.

Mobiletor also suggested using the iPhone heavily, forcing it to go through several charge/discharge cycles.

"This is supposed to help counter the theory that an update results in the device’s battery calibration data being lost and hence the quick power loss issue," Mobiletor said.

Apple hasn't responded to the complaints. The Huffington Post reported that calls for comment from the company were not returned.

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