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iOS 14.6 poor battery life

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iOS 14.6 poor battery life

I got a notification today saying 14.6 is available. Out of curiousity I googled it to see what new features there would be. Apparently there is a chronic battery drain issue where I phones die within 5 hours. I turned off auto install until a fix is released. Has anyone downloaded 14.6? How is your battery life. I have an IP12PM BTW
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Been in 14.6 since release date with no problem on a 2 year old iPhone 8.
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I can definitely see an increase in the idle drain, though nowhere near a full drain in 5 hours. I have an iPhone SE 2020
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I noticed a bit of unusual battery drain, but certainly not empty in 5 hours. iphone 6s plus with 2 yr old battery.
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I have iPhone 12 Pro Max on 14.6 for the past couple of days. no issues here.
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I normally do a factory reset after each software update; see if the drain remains after a factory reset.
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No unusual battery drain on an 11 pro. 2018 iPad seems to be working as normal too.
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How many years has it been since iOS came out? They're going onto iOS 15 and still suffering from mystery battery drain from an OS update... :facepalm: The joys of being an iPhone user where you must visit websites, reviews, and forums for battery drain issues from early adopters every time a new iOS update is released. :rolleyes:

Don't get me wrong. iOS has many great improvements and features over the years, but it boggles my mind to hear that the OS update mystery battery drain issue is still an issue in this day and age -- and Apple being an billion dollar company "does not have the resources" to fix this. Frankly, it's infuriating that iPhones sell themselves on being low maintenance (and inherently expensive devices) and "it just works", and users are forced to factory reset their iPhone in hopes this will fix the mystery battery drain issue. Crying Face Or wait until Apple officially addresses this with a patch for the patch (a la Microsoft style of patching).
Why settle for full retail price when you can wait and get it at a lower price for better value (even better if there's a bundled freebies deal)? 😉
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LesDeals wrote: How many years has it been since iOS came out? They're going onto iOS 15 and still suffering from mystery battery drain from an OS update... :facepalm: The joys of being an iPhone user where you must visit websites, reviews, and forums for battery drain issues from early adopters every time a new iOS update is released. :rolleyes:

Don't get me wrong. iOS has many great improvements and features over the years, but it boggles my mind to hear that the OS update mystery battery drain issue is still an issue in this day and age -- and Apple being an billion dollar company "does not have the resources" to fix this. Frankly, it's infuriating that iPhones sell themselves on being low maintenance (and inherently expensive devices) and "it just works", and users are forced to factory reset their iPhone in hopes this will fix the mystery battery drain issue. Crying Face Or wait until Apple officially addresses this with a patch for the patch (a la Microsoft style of patching).
In all fairness it seems to be a common complaint amongst Android users too.

At present my wife has the iPhone 12 Pro and I her old 6S Plus, along w/three iPads, nope no excessive battery drain issues that I've noticed. Pretty much an iPhone world where I live as well and so far haven't heard of a single complaint in regards to this.

Been using Androids for well over a decade (presently have 7 on the go), can't recall ever encountering any major battery drain(s) after an update past or present.

So I wonder, out of the 3.8 billion smartphones in use today how many have extreme battery drain issues after an update such as was eluded to here?
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Elky64 wrote: In all fairness it seems to be a common complaint amongst Android users too.

At present my wife has the iPhone 12 Pro and I her old 6S Plus, along w/three iPads, nope no excessive battery drain issues that I've noticed. Pretty much an iPhone world where I live as well and so far haven't heard of a single complaint in regards to this.

Been using Androids for well over a decade (presently have 7 on the go), can't recall ever encountering any major battery drain(s) after an update past or present.

So I wonder, out of the 3.8 billion smartphones in use today how many have extreme battery drain issues after an update such as was eluded to here?
I've been "dual wielding" for a while myself having used a variety of iOS and Android devices (phones & tablets), and I've encountered some poor battery life issues on my iPhone post-update. I had to factory reset the phone which wasn't too bad, but time consuming. That fixed it on some occasions, but not all. So I had to stay close to a power outlet (which defeats the purpose of a mobile phone. Hey, that' the iPhone life -- always struggling with battery life. It's only recently that Apple included a bigger battery in their phones starting with the iPhone 11. To get quick charge, it's locked behind a "paywall" where you have to buy a bigger charger separately (preferably Apple) and sadly there's now no chargers included in the box at all.

I'm not saying Android is the panacea or mobile nirvana either. It's just that I can troubleshoot problems better on Android than on iOS since I have access to the underlying system to diagnose logs and such if I had the inclination to do so. I've also had my share of bugs on Android as well. For example, my Pixel 2 XL developed a "signal hopping" bug where it would switch between LTE and LTE+ randomly for a minute. There's no degradation in signal or service, but it's just weird to see my phone hop signals like that. Contacted both my provider (Rogers) and Google about this and they don't have clue about why it suddenly does this.

Furthermore, I also have not experience any mystery battery drain issue on Android except for when I updated my Samsung phone to Android 11 and the battery life went straight into the toilet. I was eating through my battery in a day when I used to charge every other day. It turned out, the update turned on adaptive brightness which would of course eat the battery alive since the phone would be actively adjusting its display brightness. I turned it off and presto, I got my battery life back. So Android is also good, but not nirvana either.
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14.6, 12 pro max and battery is great
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Also iPhone 12 Pro Max bought at launch. On 14.6, no difference in battery life for me and I’m a heavy user.
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Not good. I'm having issues with Location Services and Find My IPhone accessing my location frequently. It often stays on for 5 or more minutes. I have to disable it, then do "hard" power cycle (reboot). That fixes it temporarily until next time an app needs access. I have my settings to show the status bar icon enabled in system services so I know whenever my system apps are accessing my location. I never had this issue before 14.4.

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