iPhone users who have installed Apple’s new software update iOS 14.6 complain that it drains their entire battery within hours.
Apple’s community forum is littered with complaints about the update that Apple released on Jan.
A user on the forum posted the message: “My battery life on iOS 14.6 is terrible, what can I do to fix it?”
Another said, “I’ve never seen this battery before. This is really a serious problem! ‘
Terrifyingly, some iPhone models are reportedly completely drained in just two hours, users reveal.
Apple released iOS 14.6 at the end of May. It includes support for the Apple Card Family, which makes it possible to share the Apple Card (the company’s own credit card) with up to five people, as well as podcast subscription options and additional features for people using AirTag, its 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.
– Option in lost mode to add an email address instead of a phone number for AirTag and Find My Network accessories.
– Voice control users can use only their voice to unlock their iPhone for the first time after a reboot.
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Another person with an iPhone 7 said: ‘The situation is so bad that I cannot work with the iPhone 7 for 2 hours and it is empty.’
An owner of Apple’s newest flagship model said, “My iPhone 12 battery health is at 96% and chargers” [sic] well until I updated to iOS 14.6.
‘My phone was charged overnight and the battery% is down to 30% and is constantly discharging. Does anyone have the same problem after updating to iOS 14.6? ‘
Users also went to Twitter to register their anger. A user told Apple, “After updating the 14.6 iphone SE battery, the battery drains very quickly. Please try to solve this battery problem. ‘
Another user, @andymanuel, said, “I noticed my battery stuck at 80% charging after updating to iOS 14.6.”
Another said to @AppleSupport: “I installed iOS 14.6 and now my battery will be dead in a couple of hours and the phone is getting hot. What gives?’
MailOnline has contacted Apple for comment on the issue and official advice for iOS 14.6 users.
iPhone users took to Twitter to complain about the problem. Problems ranged from discharging the batteries faster than usual to not fully recharging them
The YouTube channel iAppleBytes also found “terrible results” in battery performance with iOS 14.6, as shown in its video test.
The video shows seven iPhone models with iOS 14.6 losing battery power – and all but one fail within five hours.
This problem was particularly pronounced with the older iPhone SE and iPhone 6S models as well as the not even old iPhone SE 2, which only came onto the market last year.
“I’ve seen a lot of comments that it takes about a week for the battery to optimize itself after an iOS update,” says iAppleBytes.
‘[But] This video was shot three days after iOS 14.6 was installed, so it had time to settle in. ‘
This seems to contradict the advice of another Apple forum user who pointed out that the battery takes time to recalibrate after an update.
“Typically, when upgrading to a new version of iOS, there are a number of background activities that need to be performed even after the installation is complete,” they said.
“It is best to wait a day or two and use the phone as normal before you can get a clearer picture of excessive battery drain problems.”
The problem seems to affect several iPhone models, including the latest flagship iPhone 12, which was released last year (picture).
iOS 14.6 includes support for the Apple Card Family, which makes it possible to share the Apple Card (the company’s own credit card) with up to five people, as well as podcast subscription options and additional features for people using AirTag, its new tracking device .
Apple released iOS 14.6 just a month after releasing iOS 14.5, which came with some major updates.
iOS 14.5 supports unlocking an iPhone with the 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 to accompany a new iPhone model (e.g. iOS 14 last year) but adds incremental updates as the year progresses (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 takes place June 7-11.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is preparing a major overhaul of its mobile software for iOS 15, which would be released in time for Apple’s next flagship iPhone (likely named iPhone 13).
Prominent changes for iOS 15 will be an updated lock screen and “added privacy,” Bloomberg said, citing “people knowledgeable”.
Apple will unveil its next major software release, iOS 15, at its Worldwide Developers Conference later in June
Although WWDC is supposed to last four days, the first day is the one to watch.
At this point, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage to showcase the latest and greatest Apple devices and software.
The other days are designed so that developers can participate and learn about software and other technologies.
“We’re working to make WWDC 21 our biggest and best yet, and we’re excited to bring Apple developers new tools to help them create apps that change the way we live, work and play.” said Susan Prescott, Apple vice president of global developer relations.
Apple will introduce the iPhone 13 in September or October. Rumor has it that the end of the black “notch” was at the top of the screen.
Eliminating the notch forever would be welcome news to the thousands of Apple fans who thought it was an unsightly blemish.
iPHONE 13 rumors
According to an online tipster, Apple is considering removing the black “notch” on the top of the iPhone for its next flagship model, the iPhone 13.
The rectangular black notch, found on flagship iPhone models since 2017, hides the phone’s front-facing camera components and sensors.
Pictured is the iPhone 12 marking the notch and bezel. Zero bezel effectively means that the screen of the device blends seamlessly into the edges of the device. According to Mauri QHD, an Apple tipster on Twitter, the days of the notch could soon be numbered on the iPhone
But according to the tipster, known on Twitter under the name Mauri QHD, Apple has created a prototype iPhone 13 without a notch.
The prototype instead places these important components on top of the bezel, the boundary between a screen and a phone frame.
“There is a prototype without a notch, but – somewhat – larger bezels”, Mauri QHD tweeted.
All four sides of the prototype’s bezel “are the same size,” he added, meaning the top of the bezel doesn’t protrude any further than the others.
The sensor housing notch was first introduced on the iPhone with the iPhone X 2017 – but it was mercilessly reviled by critics and fans as a terrible design flaw.
Apple’s competitor Samsung even made fun of the notch in an ad for its Galaxy Note 8 that featured a man with a notch-shaped haircut.
RETURNING THE TOUCH ID
A report in January suggested the iPhone 13 would return Touch ID technology in the form of an on-screen fingerprint reader.
This would help users unlock their smartphones without removing their face masks during the current pandemic.
According to Bloomberg, instead of reintroducing a home button, Touch ID technology would be embedded in the new iPhone screen
Apple first introduced Touch ID in 2013 with the iPhone 5S, in the form of a fingerprint reader that is integrated into the iPhone’s home button.
However, with the introduction of Face ID in the iPhone X, Apple began moving away from this technology in 2017.
According to Bloomberg, Touch ID technology would be embedded into the iPhone 13’s screen instead of reintroducing a home button.
Instead of replacing Face ID, Touch ID would be an additional method for unlocking the iPhone, according to the report.
iPhone 13 models have an improved ultra-wide camera lens with a wider aperture / 1.8 aperture compared to ƒ / 2.4 on iPhone 12 models. according to an investor note shared with MacRumors.
The website said in February, “A larger aperture would let more light through the lens.
‘The change from an aperture of ƒ / 2.4 to ƒ / 1.8 [will] likely to result in significantly improved low-light performance when shooting in ultra wide mode on iPhone 13 models. ‘