IOS 7.1 Update Suspected of Draining Many iPhone, iPad Batteries

Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 01:10 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Apple's iOS 7.1 software update, which was released earlier this month, continues to be a problem for many iPhone and iPad users, who attribute their fast-draining batteries to the latest update.

"Overnight charge decreased from 100 percent to 30 percent," one iOS 7.1 user wrote on Apple's discussion forums, ZDNet.com noted.

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Another user added, "My battery drains to 50 percent within an hour or so after intense use on the lowest level of brightness, and I seem to lose about 5-7 percent when on standby for 5 hours or so."

To make matters worse, the iOS 7.1 update was one of the fastest software updates to be downloaded on new mobile operating systems in recent history. According to ZDNet.com, within the first 72 hours of its release, 21 percent of iPhone and iPad users had already downloaded it.

According to ThinkDigit.com's Vishal Mathur, a 10-minute phone call on his iPhone, which is operating with iOS 7.1, caused its battery to drop by 5 to 8 percent.

IPhone users faced similar battery drainage issues after Apple's release of the initial iOS 7 software, however the tech company was able to resolve the problems over time.

The new software update is also said to be affecting the smartphone's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality as well.

As for how to solve the problems associated with the iOS 7.1 update, ThinkDigit.com provides a list of possible solutions that have apparently worked for some users.

First, make sure the Bluetooth is turned off, considering the update has been known to automatically turn it on. Next, make sure the "Background App Refresh" is turned off. And third, make sure the smartphone's "AirDrop" feature is not operating in the background. For a complete list of potential solutions to iOS 7.1 software problems visit ThinkDigit.com.

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Even Rush Limbaugh offered a solution to the iOS 7.1 battery drainage problem on his radio show earlier in the month.

"If you're experiencing massive rapid battery loss, charge it up, full charge and start using it," Limbaugh said. "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."

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