iPhone iOS 16 update comes at a price as users’ battery drains

A series of new features have arrived for Apple users who have installed the most recent iOS 16 update on their devices, but not all is raving about the impact it had on their phones.

A customizable lock screen, iMessage updates and tighter security measures are among the new features introduced in Apple’s latest update, which was released on September 13.

Users can now add widgets to their lock screen, edit already sent messages, translate text into photos and track their fitness goals without having an Apple Watch, among a number of other never-before-seen features.

It comes just days after the tech giant announced its new range of smart technologyincluding the new iPhone 14, Apple Watch and AirPods Pro models.

And while some love the fresh design and intelligence of their smartphones, other users around the world have noticed that the new update has come at a cost to their battery life.

The new release took place on September 13.
The new iOS 16 boasts a customizable lock screen, iMessage updates and tighter security measures.
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“PSA: don’t update your iPhone to iOS 16. Battery life is wasted,” one Canadian Apple device owner warned on Twitter.

“That iOS 16 update definitely made my battery fight for its life,” tweeted another iPhone user from California.

Meanwhile in Australia, Google searches for the phrase “iPhone battery life” have peaked in recent days, while the related query “iOS 16 battery drain” has seen a huge increase in searches with the search engine showing a breakout in results. recorded.

“iOS 16 is a great update, but it’s brutally killing my iPhone’s battery life,” tweeted a third Apple fan.

While the sudden battery drain comes as a frustration, Apple Support says it’s not all bad news with iPhone users being encouraged to be patient.

“You may notice that battery life is reduced in the first 72 hours after an update as your device completes background activities and processes,” an Apple support spokesperson told news.com.au.

“After that you should see that the battery is even empty.”

In fact, it seems that reduced costs are quite normal after a software update, but in the past it was not as noticeable due to the reduced amount of new programs being installed.

The new update allows users to further customize their iPhone.
“It’s normal for your apps and features to adjust for up to 48 hours after an update,” Apple Support tweeted.
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Apple confirmed this in March after a user experienced a similar issue with the iOS 15.4 update.

“It’s normal for your apps and features to adjust for up to 48 hours after an update,” Apple Support tweeted.

For those Apple users who are still skeptical about updating their devices, one tech fanatic has confirmed that their battery performance has since returned to normal after installing the update.

β€œThe first two to three days after the iOS 16 update, the battery life was bad. Then it settled and now it’s fine,” the iPhone user reassured in a post to Twitter.

Meanwhile, another Apple device owner added: “Initially, every new iOS update affects battery life in most models except the newly released ones.”

“Sometimes even new models, but nothing to panic about. In a week or two, software updates will begin to fix this.”

Apple encourages its customers to use its “Maximizing battery life and lifespan” tips and tricks page on its website for more information on how to preserve battery life for all devices.

Some simple hacks include dimming your screen brightness, enabling low power mode, and clearing apps that aren’t required to run in the background.

iPhone users can also visit their settings to see a detailed report on their battery life and health.

“‘Battery Life’ is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged (while ‘Battery Life’ is the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced,” Apple explained on its website.

“Maximize both and you’ll get the most out of your Apple devices, no matter which one you own.”

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