Newest iOS Update Shortens Battery Life, iPhone Users Allege

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Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) latest software update, iOS 7.1 for the iPhone and iPad, fixes bugs of the previous version but introduces a new problem that some iPhone users allege shortens battery life.

Like many smartphones, the iPhone’s battery life is normally dependent on if the user has any open apps, if they’re using Wi-Fi or data to access the Internet, and signal. The software that keeps the iPhone running also drains the battery. Users claim that the latest update is causing their iPhones to die at a quicker rate than previous updates to the software. Users are flocking to social media outlets like Twitter and to Apple’s support forms to complain about the shortened battery life.

It is unknown what percentage of iPhone users who downloaded iOS 7.1 are experiencing this battery life issue. Some users are already asking if Apple has released a patch or other software update to fix the problem.

“I am wondering if there are any repair downloads to regain my battery life after installing the latest download my battery life is half of what it was any help would be great!” wrote Leomsr in Apple’s support forum for iPhones.

The perceived shortened battery life is more than just customer complaints. Technology news information website Ars Technica tested battery life on the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5s, comparing the time it took the phone to die while surfing the Internet, using Wi-Fi using iOS 7.1 to the previous update of iOS 7.06.

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