*First appeared on AppTudes.
I’ve noticed since the iOS 5 update that my iPad hasn’t kept as good of charge as of late. This posses a big problem for me as I’m a consultant and am on the go constantly. The improved battery life of the iPad over my previous Macbook was the primary reason I stopped using my laptop and went full-time with the iPad. At first, I thought it was because I continue to use it more and more each day and I still have the first version of the iPad. But still, it was working masterfully and keeping a beautifully charged icon until the update. It started to worry me so I did a bit of research and it looks like I’m not alone.
I large number of iPhone 4S users are reporting subpar battery performances (it runs on iOS 5) as well as a few iPad and iPad 2 users including me. However, my iPhone 4 has continued to stay strong through the update. So what then is the issue? Apple has not made an official announcement, but some suggest it might be the A5 processor for the iPhone 4S issues. However, wouldn’t the improved built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery provide enough capacity to compensate? While we wait for Apple to come out with an official statement or an update here are some tips from around the net to try.
- Drain the battery completely, i.e. use the phone until it powers off then fully recharge it again.
- Lower screen brightness
- Turn off Wi-Fi when not in use
- Turn on Airplane mode for times when being removed from society is doable. This might also increase work productivity since there’s no access to all the latest and greatest apps.
- Turn off location-based services on the apps that truly don’t need to track every move
- Turn off push notifications for email and fetch at longer intervals (also a good productivity adjustment)
- Turn off iCloud and try setting up from scratch
- Buy an iPhone 4s battery pack from Mophie Juice Pack Air Case and Rechargeable Battery for iPhone 4 (White) Compatibility with both Verizon & AT&T iPhone 4
What other tips and tricks have you used? Sound off in the comments below.