iPhone users say ‘horrific’ iOS 14.6 is draining their battery

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iPhone users who have installed Apple’s new software update, iOS 14.6, are complaining that their entire battery drains within hours.

apples community forum has been littered with complaints about the update, which Apple released to users on May 24.

A user on the forum posted: “My battery life on iOS 14.6 is terrible, what can be done about it?”

Another said: ‘I’ve never seen this battery drain before. This is a really serious problem!’

Shockingly, some iPhone models are reported to be completely drained within two hours, users reveal.

Apple released iOS 14.6 at the end of May.  It includes support for Apple Card Family, allowing Apple Card (the company's own credit card) to be shared with up to five people, as well as Podcast subscription options and additional capabilities for people using AirTag, the new tracking device.

Apple released iOS 14.6 at the end of May. It includes support for Apple Card Family, allowing Apple Card (the company’s own credit card) to be shared with up to five people, as well as Podcast subscription options and additional capabilities for people using AirTag, the new tracking device.

iOS 14.6 FEATURES

– Apple Card can be shared with up to five people.

– Subscription support for channels and individual shows in Podcasts.

– Lost Mode option to add email address instead of phone number for AirTag and Find My Network Accessories.

– Voice control users can unlock their iPhone for the first time using just their voice.

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Another person with an iPhone 7 said, “The situation is so bad that I can’t work with the iPhone 7 for 2 hours and it runs out of battery.”

An owner of Apple’s latest flagship model said, ‘My iPhone 12’s battery health is 96% and chargers’ [sic] fine until I update to iOS 14.6.

“My phone has been charged overnight and the battery percentage is only 30% and keeps draining. Does anyone have the same problem after updating to iOS 14.6?’

Users also took to Twitter to express their displeasure. One user told Apple: “After updating 14.6 iPhone SE, the battery drains very quickly. Try to fix this battery problem.”

Another user, @andymanuel, said, “I noticed that after updating to iOS 14.6, my battery gets stuck at 80% when charging.”

Another told @AppleSupport: ‘I installed iOS 14.6 and now my battery is draining in a few hours and the phone is getting hot. What gives?’

MailOnline has reached out to Apple for comment on the issue and official advice for iOS 14.6 users.

iPhone users complained about the problem via Twitter.  The issues ranged from batteries draining faster than usual to not fully charging

iPhone users complained about the problem via Twitter. The issues ranged from batteries draining faster than normal to not fully charging

YouTube channel iAppleBytes also found “horrific results” in battery performance with iOS 14.6, as seen in the video review.

The video shows seven iPhone models running iOS 14.6 as they lose battery power — and all but one within five hours.

This problem was especially pronounced on older iPhone SE and iPhone 6S models, as well as the iPhone SE 2, which isn’t even old – it was only released last year.

“I’ve seen a lot of comments that it takes about a week for battery performance to optimize itself after an iOS update,” iAppleBytes says.

‘[But] this video was shot three days after installing iOS 14.6, so it took some time to get used to it.”

This seems contradictory advice from another Apple forum user, who suggested that the battery needs time to recalibrate after an update.

“Normally when upgrading to a new iOS release, there are some activities that need to be done in the background even after the installation is complete,” they said.

“It’s best to wait a day or two, while using the phone as you normally would, before getting a more accurate picture of excessive battery drain issues.”

The issue appears to affect multiple iPhone models, including the latest flagship iPhone 12, which was released last year (pictured)

The issue appears to affect multiple iPhone models, including the latest flagship iPhone 12, which was released last year (pictured)

iOS 14.6 includes support for Apple Card Family, which allows Apple Card (the company’s own credit card) to be shared with up to five people, as well as Podcast subscription options and additional capabilities for people using AirTag, the new tracking device.

Apple released iOS 14.6 just a month after it released iOS 14.5, with some major updates.

iOS 14.5 includes support for unlocking an iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask, as well as a controversial feature called App Tracking Transparency.

In general, Apple releases a major software update every fall on a new iPhone model (e.g. iOS 14 last year), but adds incremental updates throughout the year (e.g. 14.5, 14.6).

Apple will likely unveil its next major update, iOS 15, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2021), which will run from June 7-11.

according to BloombergApple is “preparing a major overhaul of its mobile software” for iOS 15, which would be released in time for Apple’s next flagship iPhone (probably called iPhone 13).

Prominent changes for iOS 15 include an updated lock screen and “additional privacy protections,” Bloomberg said, citing “knowledgeable people.”

Apple will unveil its next major software release, iOS 15, later in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple will unveil its next major software release, iOS 15, later in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference

While WWDC is scheduled to last four days, the first day is the one to watch.

This is when Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage to share the latest and greatest Apple devices and software yet.

The other days are for developers to participate and learn about software and other technologies.

“We’re working to make WWDC 21 our biggest and best yet, and are excited to bring new tools to Apple developers to help them create apps that change the way we live, work and play said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president. of global developer relationships.

Apple is going to unveil the iPhone 13 in September or October. Rumor has it that he could see the end of the black ‘notch’ at the top of the screen.

Finishing it for good would be welcome news to the thousands of Apple fans who have considered it an ugly blemish.

iPhone 13 Rumors

NO CHRISTMAS?

According to an online tipster, Apple is considering dropping the black “notch” on the top of the iPhone for its next flagship model, the iPhone 13.

The rectangular black notch, which has been seen on the flagship iPhone models since 2017, hides the camera components and sensors on the front of the phone.

Pictured, the iPhone 12 marking the notch and edge.  Zero bezel basically means that the device's screen blends seamlessly into the edges of the device.  According to Mauri QHD, an Apple tipster on Twitter, the days of the notch may soon be numbered on the iPhone

Pictured, the iPhone 12 marking the notch and edge. Zero bezel basically means that the device’s screen blends seamlessly into the edges of the device. According to Mauri QHD, an Apple tipster on Twitter, the days of the notch may soon be numbered on the iPhone

But according to the tipster, who goes by the name Mauri QHD on Twitter, Apple has made an iPhone 13 prototype without any notch.

The prototype instead places these key components at the top of the bezel, the boundary between a screen and a phone’s frame.

‘There is a prototype without a notch, but – a little – bigger edges’, Mauri QHD tweeted.

All four sides of the bezel on the prototype “are equally taller,” he added, meaning the top part of the bezel doesn’t stick out any further than the others.

The notch in the sensor housing was first introduced on the iPhone with the 2017 iPhone X, but was ruthlessly criticized by critics and fans as a terrible design flaw.

Apple’s phone-making rival Samsung even mocked the notch in an ad for its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, which featured a man sporting a notch-shaped haircut.

RETURN FROM TOUCH ID

A report in January indicated that iPhone 13 would see the return of its Touch ID technology, in the form of an on-screen fingerprint reader.

This would help users unlock their smartphones without having to remove their face masks during the current pandemic.

According to Bloomberg, Touch ID technology would be embedded in the new iPhone screen, rather than reintroducing a Home button

According to Bloomberg, Touch ID technology would be embedded in the new iPhone screen, rather than reintroducing a Home button

Apple first introduced Touch ID in 2013 with the iPhone 5S, in the form of a fingerprint reader integrated into the iPhone’s home button.

However, Apple started moving away from this technology in 2017, with the introduction of Face ID in the iPhone X.

according to BloombergInstead of reintroducing a Home button, Touch ID technology would be embedded in the iPhone 13 screen.

Rather than being a replacement for Face ID, Touch ID would be an additional method of unlocking the iPhone, according to the report.

CAMERA UPGRADES

iPhone 13 models have an improved ultra-wide angle lens with a wider aperture of ƒ/1.8, compared to ƒ/2.4 on iPhone 12 models, according to an investor note shared with MacRumors.

The site said in February, “A wider aperture would allow more light to pass through the lens.

‘The transition from a ƒ/2.4 to ƒ/1.8 aperture [will] will likely result in significantly improved low-light performance when shooting in Ultra Wide mode on iPhone 13 models.”

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