Perhaps the most-persistent issue that was found on any of the iOS devices this fall was the constant battery issue. The battery drain that persisted on the newest lineup of devices thanks to the newest operating system – iOS 8 was enough to make even the most-dedicated of Apple users question their loyalty to the brand.

Battery drain on iOS 8 has been a major sticking point for users since day one. However, it would appear as though there aren’t any major solutions to that issue. More times than not, the reason for the battery drain has less to do with the operating system itself, than it does to do with the function of individual third-party applications. That being said, consulting the settings on any iPhone or iPad that might have been a gift for the holiday season, and ensuring that no apps are using an extraordinary amount of battery life is key. This can be done by going through the settings, but ultimately is not full-proof.

Another common issue with regards to battery drain is negotiating screen brightness, and changing the “location settings” on various apps and even the device as a whole. However, if battery issues don’t plague you, but you have a new Apple device – it’s worth noting that the passcode lock is a double-edged sword.

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That means for anyone who sets a passcode to a device, but forgets the passcode – Apple will not be able to solve your problems. In fact, Apple has come right out and pointed out that for truly “good” security, there cannot be a workaround to resolve the issue. For those individuals though, who lose their passcode, or forget it entirely – the options are either restoring from an iCloud backup or resetting the device entirely without any data recovery.


  1. Why don’t users just turn off the GPS on their phone vs the individual applications? I never have GPS on my phone because I don’t want anyone to know where I am – the only time it ever is on is when I’m navigating… otherwise why the heck would I want to advertise that I’m out of the house?

  2. xiomisho – why do you think only GPS can be used to “let people know where I am”? Privacy does not exist for a user of a networked device

  3. No problem here. I regularly get 48+ hours on my iPhone 6, and I use it like anyone else would – actively. With GPS and everything else.

    Perhaps these are users accustomed to phones that they leave in their purse and charge up every few weeks.

    One thing for sure, the battery life if amazingly better than that of my lousy Samsung Galaxy, which was a horrid little battery drainer. It would run hot and die. Recharge, repeat, retard.

  4. I’ve got an iPhone 6 and the battery lasts for days and days. Maybe the author has an app running in the background? I just haven’t seen the problem with any version of iOS 8.

      • I have a 5s, use it most all day with one charge overnight. It is used for phone calls, messages, internet (work website and app lookups, scanning UPC codes). I occasionally use it for reading news apps during lunch, checking the weather. Honestly — what are you running on your phone to chew through that battery? I don’t use bluetooth or wifi when not in range of a wifi network. I don’t play music all afternoon, nor watch video to any extent. And when I’m done with an app, I close out of it and turn off the backlight by putting the phone to sleep.

        • Sounds like you dont even need a smart phone.
          You are not vnc’ed into a work machine or running networks sshed into a work machine.

          It was all fine before.

          • Sure, I use ssh and vnc and vpn daily. No issues. They aren’t nearly as power hungry as highly graphic intense games. And even then my battery lasts and lasts.

          • Not sure how you can assess the needs of others, but no matter. Sounds like you need to revisit your choice of apps and find out what is running yours down so quickly. I access our server farm routinely, among other routine tasks.

  5. I am mystified by this report. I have had my iPhone 6Plus on all day, used it for a variety of purposes and it is still 94% charged at 10PM at night. Those reporting battery problems really need to look at the apps that they are using. The 6Plus has by far the best battery life I have ever had on any phone.

  6. Another great image by inferse. A bunch of rows of numbers… in 3 different columns… an absolutely NO explanation of what the numbers mean. Percentages?
    Minutes? Hours? Days? Ratings? People with problems? Phones is problems?

    It can’t be “time” because the numbers are *HIGHEST* for the phones that they
    say are having a problem.

      • That doesn’t make any sense at all.
        The devices that have the HIGHEST numbers are the ones with
        major battery issues?

        Who makes a chart without mentioning what the numbers really are.
        “It’s just obvious”? *PLEASE* never design any charts for our

        • They didn’t design it, Apple did. If you’ve ever seen specs for an apple product, you’ve seen this chart. If you don’t buy apple products, why are you reading this article?

      • Agreed it was hours (except where they explicitly say days), but don’t think it was obvious. I just guessed and, technically, I’m still just guessing. As the others note, they should say it overtly.

        But note the devices with the highest numbers are NOT the phones with the worst battery problems. The phones with the highest numbers, the more recent phones, have the *least* battery problems, culminating with the 6 Plus with the big battery. Don’t know where you got the opposite impression, but I note this too short and somewhat disappointing article doesn’t speak to this one way or the other.

    • That’s a great start. Also turn off bluetooth and wifi if these are not necessary. Both are huge energy sinks, particularly when wifi can’t find a local network to connect to — hunting will eat power. Turn off personal hotspot, notifications, keep as many email accounts ‘inactive’ as possible. Fetch data should be off unless you MUST have constant updates for cal and contacts. Location services can be set to never for everything (except Find My iPhone, and maybe set to ‘while using’ for Maps) where practical. Avoid leaving apps on (return to home screen and force instant sleep with power button) so that the backlight doesn’t stay on. As I mentioned before, there’s a LOT to adjust to save power — and a battery that is consumed quickly is likely tortured by one or more badly-behaving apps.

  7. the writing of this article is awful – no transition from battery issues (the titled point of the article) to talk about passcodes? . . . passcodes have nothing to do with device performance issues

  8. I
    have a theory that you may not like but here it is. I’ve noticed that Apple is
    commenting on many of its ios 8 issues except for one of the most serious ones:
    the frozen screen. This is for anyone
    having screen freezing issues due to ios 8 on their Ipad, Ipod, or Iphone I’m
    going to explain something to you as quick as possible about your device and
    what Apple is going to do about it. Apple is going to do nothing. That’s right.
    Nothing, because there is nothing Apple can do about it and they know it. Let
    me explain: see, you can attempt to update 2 ways. Either on the device itself
    or on your computer with the device plugged in. Seeing as how the screen is
    frozen the first option is futile. That brings us to the second and here is why
    that option won’t work either: after you’ve downloaded the new update and the
    device has gotten itself ready to install the new software there is a prompt
    that appears asking you to respond on the device itself. And of course with the frozen screen there is
    no way to respond. And so you’re stuck in a cycle. The device has a frozen
    screen so you can’t update it and you can’t update it because you can’t respond
    on it and you can’t respond on it because it has a frozen screen. Even if Apple
    releases an update that will fix ALL the issues, if you have a frozen screen it
    won’t apply to you for the reason described above. You can’t get past it the
    frozen screen. Will Apple do a recall? I highly doubt it. They’re not in the
    business of losing money, only ripping people off. Now what they may do is have customers trade in their unusable device
    towards the purchase of a newer one. But as far as just handing out free
    Ipads and Iphones due to a faulty software update that they created, Apple just isn’t going to swallow that


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